Women, writing, and the reproduction of culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain /
edited by Mary E. Burke ... [et al.].
1st ed.
New York : Syracuse University Press, 2000.
xxx, 306 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0815628153 (paper : alk. paper)
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New York : Syracuse University Press, 2000.
0815628153 (paper : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-288) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2000-09-01:
Burke et al. offer a fascinating panoply of studies of both outspoken and subversive ways in which women created culture at a time when gender was subject to cultural constraints. The texts explored range from the sonnets of Mary, Queen of Scots, which reveal a woman desperately attempting to keep a balance between her identity as queen and her culture's definition of woman as the silent, submissive gender; to poems by women to women, created as a part of the elaborate Tudor-Stuart gift exchange; to relatively unknown works like "A Letter Sent by the Maydens of London" (1567), arguing women's right to choose their own spouse, to attend theater, or to visit a tavern. In addition, Margaret Hannay addresses the perspective of class in Mary Sidney's translation of the Psalms, Mary Ellen Lamb discusses the hitherto neglected financial motives of Aemilia Lanyer in dedicating her Salve Deus Rex Judaorum to women in key positions of class and influence, and Georgianna Ziegler argues that Esther Inglis asserted her authority not only by referencing biblical texts but also by inserting self-portraits into her beautifully wrought, palm-sized gift books. This rich study opens new pathways in recovering the feminine voice of early modern women through the perspective of feminist cultural studies. All collections. J. P. Baumgaertner; Wheaton College (IL)
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Through the lens of cultural studies, the authors explore the ways in which women of this era worked to actually create culture.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Contributorsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Women, Writing, and Material Culture
Women's Poetry and the Tudor-Stuart System of Gift Exchangep. 3
"More Than Feminine Boldness": The Gift Books of Esther Inglisp. 19
Patronage and Class in Aemilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorump. 38
Reproducing Cultural Roles
The Education of a Prince(ss): Tutoring the Tudorsp. 61
"When Riches Growes": Class Perspective in Pembroke's Psalmesp. 77
Producing Gender Roles
Queen, Lover, Poet: A Question of Balance in the Sonnets of Mary, Queen of Scotsp. 101
"Some Freely Spake Their Minde": Resistance in Anne Dowriche's French Historiep. 119
Mary Wroth and the Politics of the Household in "Pamphilia to Amphilanthus"p. 141
Elizabeth Cary's Edward II: Advice to Women at the Court of Charles Ip. 157
Popular Culture and Women's Pamphlets
In Defense of Their Lawful Liberty: A Letter Sent by the Maydens of Londonp. 177
Eve's Dowry: Genesis and the Pamphlet Controversy about Womenp. 193
Eleanor Davies and the Prophetic Officep. 207
Embodying Culture
St. Frideswide and St. Uncumber: Changing Images of Female Saints in Renaissance Englandp. 223
The Reproduction of Culture and the Culture of Reproduction in Elizabeth Clinton's The Countesse of Lincolnes Nurseriep. 238
Works Citedp. 255
Indexp. 289
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