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Women and race in early modern texts [electronic resource] /
Joyce Green MacDonald.
imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
description
ix, 188 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0521810167
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Book
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imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
isbn
0521810167
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8158561
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-186) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Joyce Green MacDonald is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Her discussion of early women writers ... contributes valuably to other recent work that is providing a much-needed correction to a field that has sometimes devoted too much energy to establishing a female literary tradition and ignored the differences." Seventeenth-Century News
"This elegant, innovative book fulfills and extends the promise of early modern race studies of the past decade." Renaissance Quarterly
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Summaries
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Discusses the links between women's racial, sexual, and civic identities in early modern texts. Joyce Green MacDonald examines both Renaissance, and Restoration as well as eighteenth-century plays covering works, by, among others, Shakespeare, Jonson, Davenant, the Countess of Pembroke, and Aphra Behn.
Description for Library
Joyce Green MacDonald discusses the links between women's racial, sexual, and civic identities in early modern texts. She examines the scarcity of African women in English plays of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the racial identity of the women in the drama and also that of the women who watched and sometimes wrote the plays. The coverage also includes texts from the late fourteenth to the early eighteenth centuries, by, among others, Shakespeare, Jonson, Davenant, the Countess of Pembroke and Aphra Behn.
Main Description
Joyce Green MacDonald discusses the links between women’s racial, sexual, and civic identities in early modern texts. She examines the scarcity of African women in English plays of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the racial identity of the women in the drama and also that of the women who watched and sometimes wrote the plays. The coverage also includes texts from the late fourteenth to the early eighteenth centuries, by, among others, Shakespeare, Jonson, Davenant, the Countess of Pembroke and Aphra Behn. MacDonald articulates many of her discussions of early modern women’s races through a comparative method, using insights drawn from critical race theory, women’s history, and contemporary disputes over canonicity, multiculturalism, and Afrocentrism. Seeing women as identified by their race and social standing as well as by their sex, this book will add depth and dimension to discussions of women’s writing and of gender in Renaissance literature.
Main Description
Joyce Green MacDonald discusses the links between women's racial, sexual, and civic identities in early modern texts. She examines the scarcity of African women in English plays of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the racial identity of the women in the drama and also that of the women who watched and sometimes wrote the plays. The coverage also includes texts from the late fourteenth to the early eighteenth centuries, by, among others, Shakespeare, Jonson, Davenant, the Countess of Pembroke, and Aphra Behn. MacDonald articulates many of her discussions of early modern women's races through a comparative method, using insights drawn from critical race theory, women's history, and contemporary disputes over canonicity, multiculturalism, and Afrocentrism. Seeing women as identified by their race and social standing as well as by their sex, this book will add depth and dimension to discussions of women's writing and of gender in Renaissance literature.
Description for Bookstore
Discusses the links between women’s racial, sexual, and civic identities in early modern texts. Joyce Green MacDonald examines both Renaissance, and Restoration and eighteenth-century plays covering works, by, among others, Shakespeare, Jonson, Davenant, the Countess of Pembroke and Aphra Behn.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction: women, race, and Renaissance texts
Cleopatra: whiteness and knowledge
Sex, race, and empire in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra
Dido and Sophonisba of Carthage: marriage, race, and the bonds between men
The disappearing African woman: Imoinda in Oroonoko after Behn
Race, women, and the sentimental in Thomas Southerne's Oroonoko
Chaste lines: writing and unwriting race in Katherine Phillips' Pompey
The Queen's minion: sexual difference, racial difference, and Aphra Behn's Abdelazer
Conclusion: 'the efficacy of imagination'
Bibliography
Index
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