“A World of her own Invention”: The Realm of Fancy in Margaret Cavendish’s The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World

  title={“A World of her own Invention”: The Realm of Fancy in Margaret Cavendish’s The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World},
  author={Tessie Prakas},
  journal={Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies},
  pages={123 - 145}
  • Tessie Prakas
  • Published 25 February 2016
  • Art
  • Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
By scrutinizing the pressures attendant on Margaret Cavendish’s efforts to define “fancy,” this essay participates in a reassessment of Cavendish’s work that has begun in recent years. The essay focuses on Cavendish’s Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World (1666), arguing that although the work champions independent, imaginative thought, Cavendish in fact uses such independence to author a fictive space of intellectual coercion. Through an analysis of Cavendish’s scientific and… 
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