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Debating gender in early modern England, 1500-1700 /
edited by Cristina Malcolmson and Mihoko Suzuki.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
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xiv, 265 p.
ISBN
0312294573
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
isbn
0312294573
catalogue key
4701193
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-01-01:
Comprising an introduction and 11 essays, this collection makes a major contribution to the field of women's studies in early modern England. Malcolmson (Bates College) and Suzuki (Univ. of Miami) situate their volume in a tradition of recent feminist scholarship by focusing on three topics that have enormous implications for discussions of gender and its role in shaping authorial identity: (1) women and their literary relations, especially with Continental forbears whose writings anticipate the controversial role of authorship in a male-dominated culture; (2) the position of women in the socioeconomic cross-currents that include the development of a commercial economy, the rising influence of the middle class, and the ever-present popular culture; and (3) women's political writings and their impact on concepts of nationhood. The essays are exceptionally well documented, often by reference to primary materials (these bibliographic references stand in for a formal bibliography). The writing is clear and crisp throughout. Most effective is the integration of the essays into a cohesive whole whereby the emphasis of the volume is not merely sustained but enriched by the progress from one essay to the next. Finally, this volume establishes a threshold of excellence that will become the ideal for later scholarship to emulate. Highly recommended for academic readers at all levels. A. C. Labriola Duquesne University
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"...this volume establishes a threshold of excellence that will become the ideal for later scholarship to emulate."--A.C. Labriola, Choice "This is a rich and unusual collection of essays. The book differs strikingly from most collections of essays because it not only studies past debates focused on questions of gender but also stages--in an intelligent, well-controlled, but refreshingly sharp way--a modern critical activity of debating gender. The editors' introduction is superb, as are their strategies for organizing this set of highly original and cogently-argued essays." -- Margaret Ferguson, University of California at Davis
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This book explores the construction of gender ideology in early modern England through an analysis of thequerelle des femmes--the debate about the relationship between the sexes that originated on the continent during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and developed in England into the Swetnam controversy. The volume contextualizes the debate in terms of its continental antecedents and elite manuscript circulation in England, then moves to consider popular culture and printed texts, its effects on women's writing and the developing discourse on gender, and concludes by examining the ramifications of the debate during the Civil War and Restoration. Essays focus on the implications of the gender debate for women writers and their literary relations, cultural ideology and the family, and political discourse and ideas of nationhood.
Main Description
This book explores the construction of gender ideology in early modern England through an analysis of the querelle des femmes - the debate about the relationship between the sexes that originated on the continent during the middle ages and the Renaissance and developed in England into the Swetnam controversy, which revolved around the publication of Joseph Swetnams The arraignment of lewd, forward, and inconstant women and the pamphlets which responded to its misogynist attacks. The volume contextualizes the debate in terms of its continental antecedents and elite manuscript circulation in England, then moves to consider popular culture and printed texts from the Jacobean debate and its effects on womens writing and the developing discourse on gender, and concludes with an examination of the ramifications of the debate during the Civil War and Restoration. Essays focus attention on the implications of the gender debate for women writers and their literary relations, cultural ideology and the family, and political discourse and ideas of nationhood.
Main Description
This book explores the construction of gender ideology in early modern England through an analysis of the querelle des femmes --the debate about the relationship between the sexes that originated on the continent during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and developed in England into the Swetnam controversy. The volume contextualizes the debate in terms of its continental antecedents and elite manuscript circulation in England, then moves to consider popular culture and printed texts, its effects on women's writing and the developing discourse on gender, and concludes by examining the ramifications of the debate during the Civil War and Restoration. Essays focus on the implications of the gender debate for women writers and their literary relations, cultural ideology and the family, and political discourse and ideas of nationhood.
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This book explores the construction of gender ideology in early modern England through an analysis of thequerelle des femmes.The volume contextualizes the debate in terms of its continental antecedents and elite manuscript circulation in England, then moves to consider popular culture and printed texts from the Jacobean debate and its effects on women's writing and the developing discourse on gender, and concludes with an examination of the ramifications of the debate during the Civil War and Restoration. Essays focus attention on the implications of the gender debate for women writers and their literary relations, cultural ideology and the family, and political discourse and ideas of nationhood.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
About the Contributorsp. ix
Series Editor's Forewordp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Manuscript and Debate
Christine de Pizan's City of Ladies in Early Modern Englandp. 15
Anne Southwell and the Pamphlet Debate: The Politics of Gender, Class, and Manuscriptp. 37
Print, Pedagogy, and the Question of Class
Muzzling the Competition: Rachel Speght and the Economics of Printp. 57
Women's Popular Culture? Teaching the Swetnam Controversyp. 79
Women's Subjectivity in Male-Authored Texts
The Broadside Ballad and the Woman's Voicep. 103
"Weele have a Wench shall be our Poet": Samuel Rowlands' Gossip Pamphletsp. 121
Generic Departures: Figuring the Maternal Body, Constructing Female Culture
The Mat(t)er of Death: The Defense of Eve and the Female Ars Moriendip. 141
"Hens should be served first": Prioritizing Maternal Production in the Early Modern Pamphlet Debatep. 161
Cross-Dressed Women and Natural Mothers: "Boundary Panic" in Hic Mulierp. 185
Politics, State, and Nation
Monstrous Births and the Body Politic: Women's Political Writings and the Strange and Wonderful Travails of Mistris Parliament and Mris. Rumpp. 209
Elizabeth, Gender, and the Political Imaginary of Seventeenth-Century Englandp. 231
Indexp. 255
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