Punk or Poetess?
Punk or Poetess?: The Female Author’s Struggle for Rhetorical Power and Ownership Over the Body in Restoration England
The Folio – UC Berkeley's English Undergraduate Academic Journal, May 2013.
This essay examines female rhetorical power in Restoration England via the female author’s reappropriation of her “public body.” I analyze Aphra Behn’s The Rover and Eliza Haywood’s The Female Spectator in terms of “the King’s two bodies” and the “body politic” metaphors. Close attention is paid to how each author subverts the patriarchal appropriation of the female body, using it to their rhetorical advantage, and to the advantage of all female authors to come.