Performing privacy and gender in early modern literature /
Mary E. Trull.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
ix, 232 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
1137282983 (hbk.), 9781137282989 (hbk.)
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
1137282983 (hbk.)
9781137282989 (hbk.)
contents note
Performing privacy and early modern women -- Private lament in Calvin, Knox, and Anne Lock -- Privacy and gender in household orders -- Shakespeare's All's well that ends well : mastery and publicity -- Marriage and private lament in Mary Wroth's Urania -- Interest and retirement in Aphra Ben's Odes -- Performing privacy on Facebook.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 178-227) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Mary E. Trull is an Associate Professor of English at St Olaf College, USA. Her research on Shakespeare and early modern women writers has been published in essay collections and journals including ELR: English Literary Renaissance and Religion and Literature.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This volume argues that the early modern public/private boundary was surprisingly dynamic and flexible in early modern literature, drawing upon authors including Shakespeare, Anne Lock, Mary Wroth, and Aphra Behn, and genres including lyric poetry, drama, prose fiction, and household orders. An epilogue discusses postmodern privacy in digital media.
Long Description
Performing Privacy and Gender in Early Modern Literature demonstrates that early modern women's rhetorical manipulations of privacy violate the public/private opposition and experiment with form and genre in ways that shaped the early modern discourse on privacy. This book reveals how authors inventively disrupt conventions about women's privacy and its proper limits in genres from household orders to fiction, poetry, and drama. Mary Trull traces the construction of privacy in Anne Lock's 'The Meditation of a Penitent Sinner,' Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well, Mary Wroth's Urania, and Aphra Behn's fiction and lyric poetry. The book explores changing views of privacy from the mid-sixteenth to the end of the seventeenth century, from nostalgically evoked feudalism to emergent signs of distinctively modern forms of privacy linked to the nuclear family and the economic concept of private interest. A conclusion links early modern privacy to digital media and Facebook.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figuresp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Performing Privacy and Early Modern Womenp. 1
Private Lament in Calvin, Knox, and Anne Lockp. 20
Privacy and Gender in Household Ordersp. 52
Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well: Mastery and Publicityp. 84
Marriage and Private Lament in Mary Wroth's Uraniap. 112
Interest and Retirement in Aphra Behn's Odesp. 145
Epilogue: Performing Privacy on Facebookp. 172
Notesp. 178
Works Citedp. 210
Indexp. 228
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