Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-242) and index.
Introduction: Making sects: women as reformers, writers, and subjects in Reformation England -- 1. The death of the author (and the appropriation of her text): the case of Anne Askew's Examinations -- 2. Representing the faith of a nation: transitional spirituality in the works of Katherine Parr -- 3. '[A] pen to paynt': Mary Sidney Herbert and the problems of a Protestant poetics -- 4. A new Jerusalem: Anne Lok's 'Meditation' and the lyric voice -- 5. 'A Womans writing of diuinest things': Aemilia Lanyer's passion for a professional poetic vocation.