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Women's work in early modern English literature and culture /
Michelle M. Dowd.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
description
xv, 254 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0230613454 (cloth), 9780230613454 (cloth)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
isbn
0230613454 (cloth)
9780230613454 (cloth)
contents note
Labors of love : female servants and the marriage plot -- The spatial syntax of midwifery and wet-nursing -- Divine drudgery : the spiritual logic of housework -- Household pedagogies : female educators and the language of legacy.
catalogue key
6791555
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-245) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Michelle M. Dowd is Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the co-editor of Genre and Women's Life Writing in Early Modern England (2007) and has published numerous essays on early modern drama and women's writing.
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Review Quotes
"Dowd has written a rewarding, well-researched study of the ways social conditions, social mobility, gender, and literary culture interacted in early modern England."-- Studies in English Literature "Throughout Women's Work in Early Modern English Literature and Culture, Dowd elucidates how the stories of women as workers helped to make women culturally legible in a book at once readable and compelling." -- Renaissance Quarterly "Dowd makes an extremely valuable and strongly feminist addition to the field of early modern studies of gender, economics, and culture, since she shows with great specificity how stories about work served surprisingly often to extend women's sense of themselves and their own potential." -- Shakespeare Quarterly "In this richly drawn and fascinating study, Dowd makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the variegated forms of early modern women's working lives during a period of enormous social, religious, and economic change...By juxtaposing texts written by and about female servants, midwives, and educators, she affords her readers multiple perspectives on working women as both subjects and objects of discourse."Natasha Korda, Associate Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University "Dowd offers an innovative reading of women's work...with its careful attention to the various ways in which the efforts of female workers appeared in early modern texts, Women's Work advances our understanding of the relation between literary form and social content during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries."--Douglas Bruster, The University of Texas at Austin and author of Shakespeare and the Question of Culture "Both careful and provocative, Women's Work in Early Modern English Literature and Culture advances our understanding of the complexly intertwined histories of women, work, social change, and literary form."--Frances E. Dolan, author of Marriage and Violence: The Early Modern Legacy
"In this richly drawn and fascinating study, Dowd makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the variegated forms of early modern women's working lives during a period of enormous social, religious, and economic change...By juxtaposing texts written by and about female servants, midwives, and educators, she affords her readers multiple perspectives on working women as both subjects and objects of discourse."Natasha Korda, Associate Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University"Dowd offers an innovative reading of women's work...with its careful attention to the various ways in which the efforts of female workers appeared in early modern texts,Women's Workadvances our understanding of the relation between literary form and social content during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries."--Douglas Bruster, The University of Texas at Austin and author ofShakespeare and the Question of Culture"Both careful and provocative,Women's Work in Early Modern English Literature and Cultureadvances our understanding of the complexly intertwined histories of women, work, social change, and literary form."--Frances E. Dolan, author ofMarriage and Violence: The Early Modern Legacy
"In this richly drawn and fascinating study, Dowd makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the variegated forms of early modern women's working lives during a period of enormous social, religious, and economic change...By juxtaposing texts written by and about female servants, midwives, and educators, she affords her readers multiple perspectives on working women as both subjects and objects of discourse."Natasha Korda, Associate Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University "Dowd offers an innovative reading of women's work...with its careful attention to the various ways in which the efforts of female workers appeared in early modern texts, Women's Work advances our understanding of the relation between literary form and social content during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries."--Douglas Bruster, The University of Texas at Austin and author of Shakespeare and the Question of Culture "Both careful and provocative, Women's Work in Early Modern English Literature and Culture advances our understanding of the complexly intertwined histories of women, work, social change, and literary form."--Frances E. Dolan, author of Marriage and Violence: The Early Modern Legacy
"Throughout Women's Work in Early Modern English Literature and Culture, Dowd elucidates how the stories of women as workers helped to make women culturally legible in a book at once readable and compelling." -- Renaissance Quarterly "Dowd makes an extremely valuable and strongly feminist addition to the field of early modern studies of gender, economics, and culture, since she shows with great specificity how stories about work served surprisingly often to extend women's sense of themselves and their own potential." -- Shakespeare Quarterly "In this richly drawn and fascinating study, Dowd makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the variegated forms of early modern women's working lives during a period of enormous social, religious, and economic change...By juxtaposing texts written by and about female servants, midwives, and educators, she affords her readers multiple perspectives on working women as both subjects and objects of discourse."Natasha Korda, Associate Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University "Dowd offers an innovative reading of women's work...with its careful attention to the various ways in which the efforts of female workers appeared in early modern texts, Women's Work advances our understanding of the relation between literary form and social content during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries."--Douglas Bruster, The University of Texas at Austin and author of Shakespeare and the Question of Culture "Both careful and provocative, Women's Work in Early Modern English Literature and Culture advances our understanding of the complexly intertwined histories of women, work, social change, and literary form."--Frances E. Dolan, author of Marriage and Violence: The Early Modern Legacy
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Summaries
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WINNER OF THE 2009 NWSA SARA A. WHALEY BOOK AWARD!! This enlightening book investigates literature's engagement with the social and gendered conflicts of early modern England by examining the narratives that seventeenth-century dramatists and women writers created to describe the lives of working women. Analyzing texts by such authors as William Shakespeare, Hannah Woolley, Thomas Heywood, Anne Clifford, and others, Dowd considers several types of work - including service, wetnursing, and housework - that changed significantly during the seventeenth century, generating new literary formulations of women's economic, political, and religious authority. These narratives served a crucial social function, namely to construe and define the limits of female subjectivity within a shifting and contested labor economy. This original study attests not only to the social significance of women's work during this period, but also more broadly to the dynamic force of fictional narrative in early modern England.
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Dowd investigates literature's engagement with the gendered conflicts of early modern England
Main Description
This enlightening bookinvestigates literature's engagement with the social and gendered conflicts of early modern England by examining the narratives that seventeenth-century dramatists and women writers created to describe the lives of working women. Analyzing texts by such authors as William Shakespeare, Hannah Woolley, Thomas Heywood, Anne Clifford, and others, Dowd considers several types of workincluding service, wetnursing, and houseworkthat changed significantly during the seventeenth century, generating new literary formulations of women's economic, political, and religious authority. These narratives served a crucial social function, namely to construe and define the limits of female subjectivity within a shifting and contested labor economy. This original study attests not only to the social significance of women's work during this period, but also more broadly to the dynamic force of fictional narrative in early modern England.
Main Description
WINNER OF THE 2009 NWSA SARA A. WHALEY BOOK AWARD!! This enlightening bookinvestigates literature's engagement with the social and gendered conflicts of early modern England by examining the narratives that seventeenth-century dramatists and women writers created to describe the lives of working women. Analyzing texts by such authors as William Shakespeare, Hannah Woolley, Thomas Heywood, Anne Clifford, and others, Dowd considers several types of work'”including service, wetnursing, and housework'”that changed significantly during the seventeenth century, generating new literary formulations of women's economic, political, and religious authority. These narratives served a crucial social function, namely to construe and define the limits of female subjectivity within a shifting and contested labor economy. This original study attests not only to the social significance of women's work during this period, but also more broadly to the dynamic force of fictional narrative in early modern England.
Main Description
WINNER OF THE 2009 NWSA SARA A. WHALEY BOOK AWARD!! This enlightening bookinvestigates literature's engagement with the social and gendered conflicts of early modern England by examining the narratives that seventeenth-century dramatists and women writers created to describe the lives of working women. Analyzing texts by such authors as William Shakespeare, Hannah Woolley, Thomas Heywood, Anne Clifford, and others, Dowd considers several types of workincluding service, wetnursing, and houseworkthat changed significantly during the seventeenth century, generating new literary formulations of women's economic, political, and religious authority. These narratives served a crucial social function, namely to construe and define the limits of female subjectivity within a shifting and contested labor economy. This original study attests not only to the social significance of women's work during this period, but also more broadly to the dynamic force of fictional narrative in early modern England.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Dowd investigates literature's engagment with the gendered conflicts of early modern England by examining the narratives that 17th century dramatists created to describe the lives of working women.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
A Note on the Textp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Labors of Love: Female Servants and the Marriage Plotp. 21
The Spatial Syntax of Midwifery and Wet-Nursingp. 57
Divine Drudgery: The Spiritual Logic of Houseworkp. 95
Household Pedagogies: Female Educators and the Language of Legacyp. 133
Epiloguep. 173
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 247
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