Beilin 1987

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Beilin, Elaine V. Redeeming Eve: Women Writers of the English Renaissance. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987.
"to ask whether 16c women writers were feminists is to ask an anachronistic question. These writers, in keeping with their era, devoted themselves to regenerating the image of women in the familiar terms of their own culture, not to imagining or advocating a different society in which all women might change their ordained feminine nature for equality with men or public power." (xvii)
"Evidence from some thirty writers indicates that the concept of woman had a pervasive and crucial influence on women writers in three principal ways: by motivating them to write; by circumscribing wht they wrote and how they wrote it; and in some seemingly paradoxical cases, by encouraging them to subvert cultural expectations of women's writing." (xvii-xviii)
"Piety was the lifeblood of Renaissance women writers, as it was of many men." (xxi)

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