Introduction: Women Writers and Familial Discourse in the English Renaissance

  • Marion Wynne-Davies
Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)


In Archaeology of Knowledge Michel Foucault examines how discourses and discursive formations emerge and he provides examples of possible first surfaces including, as the quotation above notes, ‘the family’. As the argument progresses, Foucault goes on to explain the processes necessary for the identification of such discursive formations:

A discursive formation will be individualised if one can define the system of formation of the different strategies that are deployed in it; in other words, if one can show how they all derive (in spite of their sometimes extreme diversity, and in spite of their dispersion in time) from the same set of relations.


Combine Politics Woman Writer Humanist Education Discursive Formation Female Author 
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© Marion Wynne-Davies 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marion Wynne-Davies
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of SurreyUK

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