Hannah Cowley Essays
A Masterful Mouse and a Wise Woman: The Female Figure of Wit in Hannah Cowley’s The Belle’s Stratagem and Anna Laetitia Barbauld’s The Mouse’s Petition to Doctor Priestley Found in the Trap where he had been confined all Night College
The Belle's Stratagem
"[Wit] means something pithy, penetrating, profound, aptly and forcefully expressed (and by extension, someone who is apt to speak in this way)" (Palmer 136). The female figure of wit was widely unaccepted in 18th and 19th century Britain. It was...