By Hannah Crawforth, Sarah Lewis
This ebook considers the ways in which kinfolk relationships (parental, marital, sibling or different) mimic, and stand in for, political ones within the Early smooth interval, and vice versa. Bringing jointly major foreign students in literary-historical fields to provide scholarship proficient by means of the viewpoint of up to date politics, the amount examines the ways that the relations defines itself in transformative moments of capability quandary – beginning and dying, maturation, marriage – moments while the kinfolk is negotiating its place inside and during broader cultural frameworks, and whilst, for that reason, relations ‘politics’ develop into such a lot apparent.
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23 Particular historical events could put pressure on the familial metaphor and sharpen its political critique. 24 ‘When Eve fell’, writes John Ford, ‘She tooke a care that all the Wo-men-kinde / That were to follow her, should be as blinde / As she was wilfull’. 25 Daniel Tuvil’s prefatory tribute is representative: But heere’s a Dame growen husbandlesse of late, Which not a Man but wisheth were his Mate. 29 If Frances Howard was clearly the ‘bad’ wife responsible for Overbury’s murder, the ‘good’ wife was identified with the virtuous male subject and counsellor now embodied in his own text.
4. The term ‘political pastoral’ is David Norbrook’s; see Poetry and Politics in the English Renaissance (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002). On the codes of pastoral, see George Puttenham, The Arte of English Poesie. 53. 5. 3 (1998), pp. 463–494, and Kate Lilley, ‘Contracting Readers: Margaret Newcastle and the Rhetoric of Conjugality’, in A Princely Brave Woman: Margaret Cavendish, ed. S. 19–39. 6. 275. The most famous articulation of this remains Mary Lyndon Shanley, ‘Marriage Contract and Social Contract in Seventeenth Century English Political Thought’.
In a section of The Worlds Olio (1655), Cavendish devotes attention to political leaders who ignored the counsel of their wives (‘Caesar shewed himself a Fool in nothing but in quitting his Guard, and not hearkning to his Wife’). 3 Consilium, in this analogy, is the wife to Imperium, and ought to be listened to. Yet while Cavendish was certainly interested in the role of aristocratic counsel in a mixed or limited monarchy, she was J. edu © The Author(s) 2017 H. Crawforth, S. 1057/978-1-137-51144-7_2 19 20 J.
Family Politics in Early Modern Literature by Hannah Crawforth, Sarah Lewis