Margaret Cavendish and Lucy Hutchinson: Writing Matter

Jonathan Goldberg

in The Seeds of Things

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230662
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235827 | DOI:
Margaret Cavendish and Lucy Hutchinson: Writing Matter

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This chapter demonstrates how Margaret Cavendish's literature differs from that of Lucy Hutchinson in reference to the judgement of Norbrook that they have this “unique common ground.” Embellished in this part of the book are the skills and styles/orientation of Cavendish as opposed to Hutchinson and comparison of sample verses from their literary works. As a result, Cavendish is believed to be concise and fantasy-driven in her endeavour and to have embraced lesbian representation or same-sex relation (although some assert that it is more than that) as the cornerstone of identity formation. Hutchinson, on the other side, is accredited for her “shadow” idea, which somewhat reflects her status in the family, and is well-known for talking about materialism in the context of Christianity. With all the presented writing strokes by the two literary makers, Cavendish and Hutchinson have distinguishable techniques in writing, though both are developers of Epicurean atomism.

Keywords: Margaret Cavendish; Lucy Hutchinson; Norbrook; lesbian representation; shadow; Christianity; Epicurean atomism

Chapter.  22790 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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