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Here the key themes of the book are introduced and the historical and historiographical context is set. The chapter discusses, women’s literacy and access to education, the social and cultural context in which intellectual women worked, correspondence culture and the sites and communities of exchange. Finally, the choice of primary sources and methodology is explained, with reference to the implications of using material, spatial and textual analyses to answer questions about women’s intellectual agency in epistolary communities.

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Women of letters

Gender, writing and the life of the mind in early modern England


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