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on 17 December 2009
Margaret Cavendish was an eccentric and nothing shows that more clearly than her Utopian fantasy A Blazing World. Drawing self-consciously on More and other male writers, she creates what has been called a 'feminist' Utopia, although I'm not sure in what this consists other than the fact that its written by a woman.
Full of strange hybrid men-animals (including the talking worm men) this showcases the breadth of Cavendish's reading (science, astronomy, medicine, philosophy) but muddles it all up and turns into something close to science fiction.
Cavendish also writes herself into this mad world when she is brought to be the best platonic friend of the empress, and includes her husband in what might be the first disembodied threesome in English fiction...
Completely mad and yet somehow completely compelling, this is worth reading as part of the canon of Early Modern female writers alongside Mary Wroth and Aphra Behn. Fun, distinctive and eccentric.