Until recently, Anne Clifford has been known primarily for her Knole Diary, edited by Vita Sackville-West, which recounted her steadfast resistance to the most authoritative figures of her culture, including James I, as she insisted on her right to inherit her father's title and lands. Lucy Hutchinson was known primarily as the biographer of her husband, a Puritan leader during the English Civil Wars. The essays collected here examine not only these texts but, in Clifford's case, her architectural restorations and both the Great Book which she had compiled and the Great Picture which she commissioned, in order to explore the identity she fashioned for herself as a property owner, matriarchal head of her family, patron and historian. In Hutchinson's case, recent scholars have turned their attention to her poetry, her translation of Lucretius and her biblical epic, Order and Disorder, to analyze her contributions to early modern scientific and political writing and to place her work in relation to Milton's Paradise Lost.
Contents: Introduction; Bibliography; Chronology; Part I Anne Clifford: Anne Clifford as Orlando: Virginia Woolf's feminist historiology and women's biography, Nicky Hallett; Re-writing patriarchy and patronage: Margaret Clifford, Anne Clifford, and Aemilia Lanyer, Barbara K. Lewalski; The agency of the split subject: Lady Anne Clifford and the uses of reading, Mary Ellen Lamb; Anne Clifford and the gendering of history, Mihoko Suzuki; Constructing an identity in prose, plaster, and paint: Lady Anne Clifford as writer and patron of the arts, Alice T. Friedman; The great picture of Lady Anne Clifford, Graham Parry; Marginal maternity: reading Lady Anne Clifford's A Mirror for Magistrates, Stephen Orgel; Early modern (aristocratic) women and textual property, Paul Salzman; Knowing her place: Anne Clifford and the politics of retreat, Susan Wiseman; Serial identity: history, gender and form in the diary writing of Anne Clifford, Megan Matchinske; Construction sites: the architecture of Anne Clifford's diaries, Anne M. Myers. Part II Lucy Hutchinson: 'The colonel's shadow': Lucy Hutchinson, women's writing and the Civil War, N.H. Keeble; Remembering a hero: Lucy Hutchinson's Memoirs of her husband, Derek Hirst; 'But a copie': textual authority and gender in editions of The Life of John Hutchinson, David Norbrook; Maternity, marriage, and contract: Lucy Hutchinson's response to patriarchal theory in Order and Disorder, Shannon Miller; Between atoms and the spirit: Lucy Hutchinson's translation of Lucretius, Reid Barbour; Lucy Hutchinson writing matter, Jonathan Goldberg; Lucy Hutchinson's Elegies and the situation of the republican woman writer (with text), David Norbrook; Polluted palaces: gender, sexuality, and property in Lucy Hutchinson's Elegies, Pamela Hammons; 'Paper frames': Lucy Hutchinson's Elegies and the 17th-century country house poem, Elizabeth Scott-Baumann; Lucy Hutchinson: a life of writing, Robert Mayer; Index.