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Family and Commonwealth in the Writings of Lucy Hutchinson

Shannon Miller

in The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560608
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199560608.013.0037

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Family and Commonwealth in the Writings of Lucy Hutchinson

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This article examines the works of Lucy Hutchinson, one of the most remarkable writers that wrote during and about the English Revolution. In her three major works — Order and Disorder, the translation of De rerum natura, and the Memoirs — Hutchinson grapples with the very origins of existence, providing classical, Christian, and even political accounts of creation and destruction. In all three works, she is drawn to or draws out of biblical and historical narratives the place of women within accounts of political organization.

Keywords: women writers; English Revolution; political organization; Order and Disorder; De rerum natura; Memoirs; existence

Article.  8105 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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