Anne Bradstreet's family plots: puritanism, humanism, posthumanism

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This article explores the interface between textuality and materiality—of bodies, things, and places—in Bradstreet’s writings; an intersection where Bradstreet resists and revises the spiritual metaphors of the male coterie within which she produced and published her poems, turning them instead toward living engagements with place. Focusing on her poem, “Contemplations,” and the manuscript writings in the “Andover Manuscript,” I argue that Bradstreet’s sustained involvement with the local, immediate, material world grafts Puritanism’s spiritual and spatial allegories to the physical actualities of place, with results that trouble and decenter their univocal force. Reintroducing materiality into a reading of Bradstreet’s works, I contend, brings realignment of orthodoxy to originality to the fore
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-68
Number of pages39
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2020


  • women's writing
  • Anne Bradstret
  • posthumanism
  • ecofemimism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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