Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, Poems and Fancies with The Animal Parliament
462 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.20 in
- ISBN: 9780866985932
- Published: July 2018
The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe. The Toronto Series: Volume 64
Among its many strengths, Siegfried’s edition enriches our understanding of Cavendish’s engagement with contemporary, especially mathematical thought, as well as with ancient Epicureanism. This accomplishment alone is of enormous value to Cavendish, to intellectual history, and to early modern women’s studies. The introduction is written with sufficient clarity to render it accessible to undergraduates as well as with a sophistication guaranteed to appeal to advanced scholars. The presentation of the texts together with the notes makes the volume highly usable to students at every level of expertise. The editor’s knowledge of relevant scholarship is impressive and never tendentious. Scholarship has a tendency to bog down; this volume provides a new, refreshing take on our understanding of the early modern period.
Roy C. Moose Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill