Honors Program


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Spring 3-15-2021


Kruger, Erin. "A Changing Narrative for Englishwomen's Authorship During the Early Modern Period," edited by Stephen Buhler and Kelly Stage. 15 Mar. 2021. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Erin Kruger 2021.


This thesis is a look into women’s authorship in the English Early Modern period, specifically looking at the time period from 1543 until 1621. The main writers of focus are Catherine Parr, Mary Sidney, Lady Mary Wroth, and Aemilia Lanyer, with supplemental texts from the period used to frame the thesis argument. Modern research on this era is also used to supplement the work. Over the course of the period, the innovation of women’s authorship led to two primary changes in the nature of women’s authorship: more inclusive women’s authorship and the expansion of topics that women wrote on. These changes eventually went on to influence women’s writing in following literary periods.