Preparation for Next Week:
As usual, the reading in bold type is a compulsory part of the course and everything else is optional but highly recommended.
Please read the selection of Katherine Philips’ poetry on the handout: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/undergraduate/current/modules/fulllist/second/en228/katherine_philips/
Points to think about:
- What does Philips have to say about the issue of women writing?
- In what ways does she engage with the conventions of Cavalier poetry? Does her gender influence her use of these conventions?
- In what ways is her poetry similar to/different from that produced by Hester Pulter?
- Feminist scholars like to identify Philips as a lesbian. Do you agree?
- How might the fact she circulated her poetry in manuscript (and didn’t intend to have it printed) have affected its content?
Optional secondary reading:
- The DNB entry for Philips gives a useful outline of her life.
Philips originally circulated her poetry in manuscript, a form of publication particularly significant for women during the period. To get some idea of early modern women’s manuscript culture, have a look at the Perdita Project website: http://human.ntu.ac.uk/research/perdita/index.html
This is a database of all of the extant manuscripts authored or compiled by women during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Perdita Project, which has just come to an end, was run by Elizabeth.