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Personal disclosures : an anthology of self-writings from the seventeenth century /
edited by David Booy.
imprint
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2002.
description
xiii, 456 p.
ISBN
0754601218 (alk. paper)
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Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2002.
isbn
0754601218 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4645082
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Long Description
The seventeenth century saw a dramatic increase in self-writing-from the private jotting down of personal thoughts in an irregular and spontaneous way, to the carefully considered composition of extended autobiographical narrative and deliberate self-fashioning for public consumption. Recent anthologies of women's writing, drawing to some extent on this rich but relatively little-known archive, have demonstrated the importance of studying such material to gain insight into female lives in that era.Personal Disclosures is innovative in that it stimulates and facilitates comparative analysis of female and male representations of the self, and of gendered constructions of identity and experience, by presenting a broad range of extracts from both women's and men's autobiographical writings. The majority of the extracts have been freshly edited from original seventeenth-century manuscripts and books. Exploiting all kinds of text-diaries, journals, logs, testimonies, memoirs, letters, autobiographies-the anthology also encourages consideration of topics central to current scholarly interest: religious experience, the body, communities, the family, encounters with new lands and peoples, and the conceptualization and writing of the self.A General Introduction discusses early modern autobiographical writing, and there are substantialintroductions to each of the six sections, together with detailed suggestions for further reading.
Main Description
Personal Disclosures innovatively stimulates and facilitates comparative analysis of female and male representations of the self, and of gendered constructions of identity and experience, by presenting a broad range of extracts from both women's and men's autobiographical writings. The majority of the extracts have been freshly edited from original seventeenth-century manuscripts and books.
Table of Contents
Editorial note
Marriage
Introduction
Maria Thynne: letters to her husband
Grace Mildmay: meditation on her husband's corpse
Simonds D'Ewes: marriage negotiations
Adam, John and Margaret Winthrop: family letters
Martha Moulsworth: a widow's reflections on her three marriages
Archibald Johnston: his marriage and the death of his wife
Nicholas Ferrar: letters to his sister-in-law and his brother
Ann Fanshawe: being put in her place by her husband
Oliver Heywood: his marriage and the death of his wife
Anthony Walker: his wife's daily routine
Alice Hays: an altercation with her husband and his family
Elizabeth Freak: reflections on an unsatisfactory husband
Parents and children
Introduction
Maria Thynne: letter to her mother-in-law
Thomas Shepard: memories of a difficult childhood
Katherine Paston: letters to her son at university
Henry and James Oxinden: letters between brothers
Catherine Holland: battles with her father over matters of faith
Archibald Johnston: problems in the household
Katherine Philips: the death of her baby son
Roger North: his upbringing
John and Ann Ferrar: conflict between father- and daughter-in-law
Agnes Beaumont: conflict with her father over matters of faith
Cotton Mather: on his children
Beyond the family
Introduction
Nehemiah Wallington: on money matters
John Dane: leaving home
Constantia Fowler: on her prospective sister-in-law
Adam Martindale: experiences in the civil wars
Anne Halkett: her relationship with Thomas Howard
Francis Kirkman: difficulties as an apprentice
Dorothy Osborne: ending her engagement
Elizabeth Delaval: her relationship with Mistress Carter
Roger Lowe: love and friendship
Isaac Archer: early experiences as a clergyman
Edward Barlow: returning to his native village
States of body, states of mind
Introduction
Richard Kilby: his chronic illness
William Lithgow: being tortured by the Spanish Inquisition
Francis Knight: on being a galley slave
Robert Boyle: childhood illness and intellectual development
Margaret Cavendish: reflections on her character and personality
Anne Halkett: experiences during a time of war
Pierre Radisson: captivity among the Iroquois
Michael Wigglesworth: anxieties about his sexual health
George Wheler: development from childhood to early manhood
Catherine Holland: her troubled state of mind
Alice Thornton: experience of childbirth
Mary Rich: her illness and the death of her adult son
Catherine Burton: motivations for writing, and a protracted illness
Religious experience
Introduction
Dionys Fitzherbert: mental breakdown and recovery
Arise Evans: called by God to be a prophet
Lucy Knatchbull: experiences and resolutions of a nun
Thomas Shepard: spiritual turmoil as a young man
Henry Burton: his trial, punishment and imprisonment
Laurence Clarkson and Frances Marchant: under cross-examination
Mary Penington: two dreams of Christ
Anna Trapnel: imprisonment for her faith
Dorothy Waugh: punishment meted out to a Quaker
George Trosse: an account of his madness
Cotton Mather: the spiritual life of a young minister
New worlds
Introduction
Thomas Roe: negotiations with the Indians of Surat
Edward Terry: observations on the Khoikhoi people
Richard Jobson: trading on the River Gambra
Richard Frethorne: a letter from Virginia
Thomas James: an ice-bound winter
Thomas Raymond: soldiering in the Low Countries
Richard Ligon: an encounter with two Tiago women
T.S.: a prisoner of the Turks
Ann Fanshawe: journeys in Ireland and to Spain and France
Elizabeth Hooton: a Quaker's experience in New England
Mary Rowlandson: captivity among the Narragansetts
Thomas Phillips: buying and transporting African slaves
Jonathan Dickinson: castaways in Florida
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