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Title: Delight and instruction : women's political engagement in the works of Penelope Aubin
Author: Welham, Deborah
ISNI:       0000 0004 2685 1380
Awarding Body: University of Winchester
Current Institution: University of Winchester
Date of Award: 2009
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This research presents a literary and political biography for Penelope Aubin. Aubin, the natural daughter of Sir Richard Temple and Anne Charleton (who was the daughter of Walter Charleton, Royal physician and natural philosopher), was a poet, novelist, translator, Orator and playwright. Penelope Charleton married clandestinely and young, like the heroines of her novels. On her marriage Penelope Aubin joined a family of merchants trading from Jersey and the City of London, and with family members in Barbados and Jamaica. Within five years of entering the mercantile world Aubin's expertise of trading ventures was being sought by investors, and she was called to give evidence to the Board of Trade. Aubin's early poetry is a statement of her Royalist and Anglican heritage, but her novels of the early 1720s are a reflection of her knowledge of trade, the threat of piracy and of the natural disasters that occur at sea. However, by the later 1720s Aubin's works were more obviously politically engaged, reflecting the changing hopes of the Tory party and its supporters under a Hanoverian monarchy. Then, in 1729, when she opened her Lady's Oratory, intending from the outset to discuss ':Ministers of State' and how they behave in office, Aubin very publicly added her voice to the wave of political opposition to Robert Walpole.
Supervisor: Mounsey, Chris ; Goodman, Joyce Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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