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By Sara H. Mendelson

A maverick in her personal time, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673) used to be brushed off for 3 centuries as an eccentric crank. but the earlier few many years have witnessed a real renaissance in Cavendish experiences, as students from various educational disciplines produce books, articles and theses on each element of her oeuvre. Cavendish's literary creations carry a large charm for contemporary readers as a result of her expertise for pondering open air the inflexible field that delimited the hierarchies of sophistication, race and gender in seventeenth-century Europe. In so doing, she challenged the final word construction blocks of early smooth society, no matter if the tenets of Christianity, the social and political imperatives of patriarchy, or the boastful claims of the recent Baconian technological know-how. whilst, Cavendish deals willing insights into present social matters. Her works became a springboard for severe discourse on such issues because the nature of gender distinction and the function of technology in human existence. Sara Mendelson's objective in compiling this quantity is to express to readers a few notion of the scope and diversity of scholarship on Cavendish, not just by way of dominant topics, yet of serious controversies and interesting new pathways for investigation.

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