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Title: Women in the Quaker community : a literary study of seventeenth-century political identities
Author: Gill, Catie
ISNI:       0000 0001 2435 1268
Awarding Body: Loughborough University
Current Institution: Loughborough University
Date of Award: 2000
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This thesis looks at the creation of political identities within the Quaker community in seventeenth-century England. Focussing particularly on collectively written texts, those dual authored or multiply authored texts which evidence collaboration, this thesis establishes that Quakerism acted to encode the voices of the many. Taking a generic and chronological approach, this study divides Quaker writing into two distinct areas: 1650s Quakerism and post-Restoration Quakerism. Within the examination of the 1650s, three aspects of Quaker writing are considered: the prophecy, the prison narrative, and the petition. Emphasis is placed on the areas where matters of identity are made manifest, and the thesis focuses both on individualised and collective notions of selfhood. Where post-Restoration Quakerism is examined, the textual sources are largely the collectively authored deathbed testimonies that commemorated Quaker worthies. Taken together, the consideration of Quaker women's identities in the sectarian community in this thesis suggests diversity; heterogeneity is evidenced in multivocal texts that, through encoding both individualised and collective voices, offered a variety of different feminine subject positions for Quaker women.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified ; Quakerism ; Religion ; Multiple authorship ; Prophecy ; Prison narratives ; Petitions ; Tithes ; Biography ; Collectivity