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Seventeenth-Century Foundations book
As a result of recent work in the field, we are acquiring a fuller appreciation of the ways in which the pattern of women’s writing in the eighteenth century provided a context for the work of their better-known Victorian successors. Equally, significant aspects of women’s authorship in the 1700s can be traced from at least the period of the 1650s onwards. These features include: a broadening of the social and economic base amongst these writers and an increase in the numbers who published their material; a growing tendency to use writing as a means of exploring and commenting upon the contemporary social and ideological environment and the position of women within it; a rise in the number of female authors who addressed themselves to a female readership; and the emergence of women’s literary professionalism.