'Jane Anger' in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women’s Writing

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In an essay published in 1589, Jane Anger writes the first defense by a woman in the controversy sometimes known as the querelle des femmes, which featured tracts that traduced women for their deceit, inconstancy, and vanity. Anger counters with a resounding defense of women, eschewing any typical claims of hesitancy and modesty, and not only refutes the claims of the tract but also provides women with encouragement and advice in their dealings with men. Whether truly a woman author, Anger couches this advice in learned language that demonstrates a woman’s potential for intelligence, further refuting misogynistic claims about women’s lack of wit.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women's Writing
EditorsPatricia Pender, Rosalind Smith
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9783030015374
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Defenses of women
  • Pamphlet wars
  • Pseudonyms in print
  • Querelle des femmes


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