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Women, Writing, and the Reproduction of Culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain

Book Title

Women, Writing, and the Reproduction of Culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain

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Publication Date

6-2000

Editors

Mary Burke, Jane Donawerth, Linda L. Dove, Karen Nelson

Chapter Title

Some Freely Spake their Minde’: Resistance in Anne Dowriche's French Historie

Publisher

Syracuse University Press

Place of Publication

Syracuse, NY

Keywords

English literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism, Woman and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century, Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.

Subject

English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism, Feminism and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century, Feminism and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century, Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century, Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century, English literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism, Great Britain -- Civilization -- 16th century, Great Britain -- Civilization -- 17th century.

Department

English

Disciplines

English Language and Literature

Description

In Tudor and Stuart Britain, women writers were shaped by their culture, but they also helped to shape and reproduce culture through their writing, their patronage and their network of family and friends. Although they submitted to the cultural constraints of femininity, women helped to fashion gender roles. Denied positions of power in government - with the exception of queens - women sought to influence their society's politics through their writings and personal relationships. Through the lens of cultural studies, the editors explore women's material culture, women as agents in reproducing culture, popular culture and women's pamphlets, and women's bodies as inscriptions of culture. As the only collection on early modern British women's writing to draw primarily on feminist cultural studies, this book covers new ground, especially in the scope and breadth of the authors surveyed. In addition to essays by the editors on Mary Queen of Scots, poetry and gift exchange, Lady mary Wroth's anti-absolutist sonnets, and Elizabeth Cary's portrait of the queen in Edward II, the book includes Margaret Hannay on class in Pembroke's psalms, Mary Ellen Lamb on Aemilia Lanyer and patronage, Elaine Beilin on Anne Dowriche's Protestant history, Barbara McManus on the pamphlet controversy about women, and Carole Levin on the assimilation of female saints into reformation England.

ISBN

FBC024

Document Type

Article

Women, Writing, and the Reproduction of Culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain

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