Writing Renaissance queens : texts by and about Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots /
Lisa Hopkins.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c2002.
209 p. : ill.
0874137861 (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c2002.
0874137861 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-04-01:
Hopkins's examination of early modern depictions of queenship begins with an overview of contemporary political analysts who were disturbed by the fact of female rule; goes on to look at the self-depictions of queenship in the prison writings of Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots; and then explores a number of literary (mostly dramatic) depictions of queenship. Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam Univ., UK) emphasizes Elizabeth, whose depiction the author sees as undergoing successive waves of reassessment, nostalgia, and unease after her death. Hopkins develops her argument through the in-depth discussion of selected works, including The Faerie Queene, Arden of Faversham, Shakespearean comedy, Hamlet, The Tragedy of Mariam, The Broken Heart, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, and Paradise Lost. The overall gestalt produced by these various depictions of queenship would be stronger if Hopkins had more overtly addressed the question of how typical or representative her examples are. The individual discussions, however, are strong and rewarding. Hopkins writes engagingly and well. She provides extensive notes and an ample bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Interesting and accessible to upper-division undergraduates; rewarding to graduate students and faculty. B. E. Brandt South Dakota State University
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This book examines writing both by and about Renaissance women rulers. It offers detailed analyses of poems, letters, and other writings by both Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, and situates these firmly within the context of other literary figurings of Renaissance queens and queenship. It looks at a range of texts, ranging from the polemical (and largely ephemeral) treatises on the questions of female rule which were prompted by the sudden explosion of women rulers, to works by Shakespeare, Milton, and Elizabeth Cary, as well as the anonymous Arden of Faversham. The book as a whole thus explores both how Renaissance queens wrote themselves and how they were written by others.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Introduction: Writing Renaissance Queensp. 11
Writing Renaissance Queens
"Monstrous Regiment": Theorizing Female Rulep. 29
Elizabethanism on the Trot: The Faerie Queenep. 43
Queens' Self-representations
Prison Notebooks: Mary, Elizabeth, and Marguerite of Navarrep. 55
Writing to Control: The Verse of Mary, Queen of Scotsp. 72
Staging the Queen
Kings, Queens, and Petty Treason: Imaging Female Rule in Arden of Favershamp. 89
Not to Mention the Queen: Shakespeare and Elizabethp. 104
Divorced, Beheaded, Died: The Tragedy of Mariam and Our English Solomonsp. 113
Remembering the Queen
"Ripeness is all": Representing the Death of Elizabethp. 131
"Moll, God's maid": Milton and Renaissance Queensp. 151
Notesp. 160
Works Citedp. 187
Indexp. 202
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