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Invention: "What Woman That Was" Poems about Mary Dyer

Invention: "What Woman That Was" Poems about Mary Dyer anne myles University of Northern Iowa InventIon “What Woman That Was” Poems about Mary Dyer It is hard to frame my poems about New England Antinomian and Quaker martyr Mary Barrett Dyer (ca. 1611–60) in a way that feels truthful without oer ff ing some personal history. I have been deeply interested in Dyer since the late 1990s, although despite my PhD focus on seventeenth- century dissent and having been active as a Quaker in my early adulthood I confess I was in my first teaching position before she truly impinged on my consciousness. I remember exactly how it happened: I was at a conf - er ence of the Friends Association on Higher Education, and a Quaker p - er formance troupe did a piece that highlighted how in 1638 Mary Dyer f - ol lowed her teacher and midwife, the radical lay preacher Anne Hutchinson, out of the meetinghouse when the latter was excommunicated at the end of her trial before the Boston church. This was a detail in the records of the Antinomian controversy I’d somehow previously read p1ast. I remember catching the eye of another queer Friend at the gathering: a woman - show ing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Invention: "What Woman That Was" Poems about Mary Dyer

Early American Literature , Volume 56 (3) – Oct 30, 2021

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anne myles University of Northern Iowa InventIon “What Woman That Was” Poems about Mary Dyer It is hard to frame my poems about New England Antinomian and Quaker martyr Mary Barrett Dyer (ca. 1611–60) in a way that feels truthful without oer ff ing some personal history. I have been deeply interested in Dyer since the late 1990s, although despite my PhD focus on seventeenth- century dissent and having been active as a Quaker in my early adulthood I confess I was in my first teaching position before she truly impinged on my consciousness. I remember exactly how it happened: I was at a conf - er ence of the Friends Association on Higher Education, and a Quaker p - er formance troupe did a piece that highlighted how in 1638 Mary Dyer f - ol lowed her teacher and midwife, the radical lay preacher Anne Hutchinson, out of the meetinghouse when the latter was excommunicated at the end of her trial before the Boston church. This was a detail in the records of the Antinomian controversy I’d somehow previously read p1ast. I remember catching the eye of another queer Friend at the gathering: a woman - show ing

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Oct 30, 2021

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