This is an introduction to the work of early women dramatists in the early modern period. A wide scope of writers are discussed within the book, incorporating writers from the late seventeenth century and the early eighteenth century It is a handbook covering not only writing and translation of plays, but also female performance in official forms, e.g. 'court' masque, and in alternative dramatic spaces created by public protest, prophecy or preaching. The structure charts the development of women's active involvement in drama. For those interested in Early modern Drama and the history of women in the theater. Also available in Hardcover - 0-582-31928-X, $ 79.95Y.