About this title: Flamboyant, theatrical, exuding, ambiguous sexualtiy, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of newcastle, was one of the seventeenth century's most striking figures, experimental in her personality as much as in her prolific writings. Both "The Contract" and "Assaulted and Pursued Chastity" are romances which play out the empowering possibilities of disguise or masking for women. The centerpiece of his collection is "The Blazing World, " the only known Utopian fiction and extravagant portrayal of the rise of a woman to absolute power.
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