Women and Literature in Britain, 1500-1700

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Women and Literature in Britain, 1500-1700

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 330 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521467773
  • DDC分類 820.9928709031

基本説明

This is the first comprehensive introduction to the works and social contexts of women writers in early modern Britain.

Full Description


This is the first comprehensive introduction to the works and social contexts of women writers in early modern Britain, a period when it was considered unfeminine to write and yet women were the authors of many poems, translations, conduct books, autobiographies, plays, pamphlets and other texts. Drawing together the pioneering work of feminist literary critics and historians, this survey examines ways in which the idea of woman was constructed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and women's role in and access to literary culture. It also focuses on women writers and their output across the spectrum of genres from courtly romance to Quaker prophecy. A unique chronology offers a woman-centred perspective on historical and literary events, and there is a guide to further reading. Women and Literature in Britain, 1500-1700 explores the history of women's part in the development of literary culture, while revealing how paradoxical that history can be.

Table of Contents

        List of contributors                       ix
Acknowledgements xii
A note on references xiii
Chronology: women and literature in Britain, xv
1500-1700
Introduction 1 (8)
Helen Wilcox
PART I CONSTRUCTING WOMEN IN EARLY MODERN
BRITAIN
Humanist education and the Renaissance 9 (21)
concept of woman
Hilda L. Smith
Religion and the construction of femininity 30 (26)
Suzanne Trill
Advice for women from mothers and patriarchs 56 (24)
Valerie Wayne
Women reading, reading women 80 (20)
Jacqueline Pearson
Women/`women' and the stage 100 (17)
Ann Thompson
Feminine modes of knowing and scientific 117 (26)
enquiry: Margaret Cavendish's poetry as case
study
Bronwen Price
PART II WRITING WOMEN IN EARLY MODERN BRITAIN
Renaissance concepts of the `woman writer' 143 (26)
Margaret W. Ferguson
Courtly writing by women 169 (21)
Helen Hackett
Women's poetry in early modern Britain 190 (19)
Elizabeth H. Hageman
Women's writing and the self 209 (25)
Elspeth Graham
The possibilities of prose 234 (33)
Betty S. Travitsky
The first female dramatists 267 (24)
Ros Ballaster
Further reading 291 (4)
Index 295