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Privacy, domesticity, and women in early modern England /
edited by Corinne S. Abate.
imprint
Aldershot, Hants, U.K. ; Brookfield, Vt. : Ashgate, 2003.
description
ix, 204 p.
ISBN
0754630439
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imprint
Aldershot, Hants, U.K. ; Brookfield, Vt. : Ashgate, 2003.
isbn
0754630439
catalogue key
4829731
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Main Description
The ten essays in this collection explore the discrete yet overlapping female spaces of privacy and domesticity in early modern England. The texts discussed in the volume include plays not only by Shakespeare but also Ford, Wroth, Marvell, Spenser and Cavendish, among others. Through the lens of literature, contributors consider the unstructured, fluid quality of everyday female experience as well as the dimensions, symbols, and the ever-changing politics and culture of the household. They analyse the complex habits of female settings the verbal, spatial, and affective strategies of early-modern women's culture, including private rituals, domestic practices, and erotic attachments in order to provide a broader picture of female culture and of female authority. The authors argue through a range of critical approaches that include feminist, historical, and psychoanalytic that early modern women often transformed their confinement into something useful and necessary, creating protected and even sacred spaces with their own symbols and aesthetic.
Bowker Data Service Summary
The essays that comprise this collection explore how private and domestic and predominantly female spaces were imagined and employed in the early modern period so as to produce and reproduce culture.
Long Description
The ten essays in this collection explore the discrete yet overlapping female spaces of privacy and domesticity in early modern England. While other literary critics have focused their studies of female privacy on widows, witches, female recusants and criminals, the contributors to this collection propose that the early modern subculture of femaleness is more expansive and formative than is typically understood. They maintain that the subculture includes segregated, sometimes secluded, domestic places for primarily female activities like nursing, sewing, cooking, and caring for children and the sick. It also includes hidden psychological realms of privacy, organized by women's personal habits, around intimate friendships or kinship, and behind institutional powerlessness.The texts discussed in the volume include plays not only by Shakespeare but also Ford, Wroth, Marvell, Spenser and Cavendish, among others. Through the lens of literature, contributors consider the unstructured, fluid quality of much everyday female experience as well as the dimensions, symbols, and the ever-changing politics and culture of the household. They analyze the complex habits of female settings-the verbal, spatial, and affective strategies of early-modern women's culture, including private rituals, domestic practices, and erotic attachments-in order to provide a broader picture of female culture and of female authority. The authors argue-through a range of critical approaches that include feminist, historical, and psychoanalytic-that early modern women often transformed their confinement into something useful and necessary, creating protected and even sacred spaces with their own symbols and aesthetic.
Table of Contents
Introduction: 'indistinguished space'
'Concealing Continents'
Settings for intimacy and resistance
With the skin side inside: the interiors of The Duchess of Malfi
Neither a tamer nor a shrew be: a defense of Petruchio and Katherine
'Wounds still curelesse': estates of loss in Mary Wroth's Urania
'Hospitable Favors'
Rituals of the Household
Trafficking in John Ford's The Broken Heart
Good enough to eat: the domestic economy of woman-woman eroticism in Margaret Cavendish and Andrew Marvell
'Thy weaker novice to perform thy will': female dominion over male identity in The Faerie Queene
'Scanted Courtesies'
Family dynamics and dispositions: 'Natural' boys and 'hard' stepmothers
Sidney and Elizabeth
Mystical sororities: the power of supernatural female narratives in Lady Mary Wroth's Urania
Looking for Goneril and Regan
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