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

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    Abstract

    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
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    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)29-68
    Number of pages39
    JournalCriticism
    Volume62
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2020

    Keywords

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

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
    • Literature and Literary Theory

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