Woman as Individual in English Renaissance Drama

A critical analysis of the position of women in English Renaissance drama, this book examines the impact of male domination in the drama and non-dramatic treatises of the day and scrutinizes the kaleidoscopic images of women found in ...

Woman as Individual in English Renaissance Drama

A critical analysis of the position of women in English Renaissance drama, this book examines the impact of male domination in the drama and non-dramatic treatises of the day and scrutinizes the kaleidoscopic images of women found in selected plays of Shakespeare, Webster, and Middleton. The book shows how the masculine code led to disintegration, defiance, and death for women, and to madness for men. Set against a generalized image of archetypal Eve, woman nevertheless could emerge as an individual, as a «splendid fighter for self».

The Female Tragic Hero in English Renaissance Drama

Jocasta, as the title suggests, does not feature a man at all, but a woman. In this
selection, Gascoigne and Kinwelmersh remain true to the spirit of their author: 12
of Euripides' 19 extant plays have female individuals or choruses in the title ...

The Female Tragic Hero in English Renaissance Drama

This book constitutes a new direction for feminist studies in English Renaissance drama. While feminist scholars have long celebrated heroic females in comedies, many have overlooked female tragic heroism, reading it instead as evidence of pervasive misogyny on the part of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Displacing prevailing arguments of "victim feminism," the contributors to this volume engage a wide range of feminist theories, and argue that female protagonists in tragedies - Jocasta, Juliet, Cleopatra, Mariam, Webster's Duchess and White Devil, among others - are heroic in precisely the same ways as their more notorious masculine counterparts.

The Female Hero in English Renaissance Tragedy

... only of the differences between individual women but of the cultural differences
between the two dominant traditions in ... two literary traditions of most direct
importance for Cary's own text, Petrarchan poetry and English Renaissance
drama.

The Female Hero in English Renaissance Tragedy

This book focuses on female tragic heroes in England from c.1610 to c.1645. Their sudden appearance can be linked to changing ideas about the relationships between bodies and souls; men's bodies and women's; marriage and mothering; the law; and religion. Though the vast majority of these characters are closer to villainesses than heroines, these plays, by showing how misogyny affected the lives of their central characters, did not merely reflect their culture, but also changed it.

Character and the Individual Personality in English Renaissance Drama

Doran, Endeavors, 226–38; Charles Osbourne McDonald, The Rhetoric of
Tragedy in StuartDrama (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1966), 53,
75–87. 9. ... For the Renaissance popularity of the Heroides see Susan Wiseman,
“'Rome's Wanton Ovid': Reading and Writing ... of passionate speeches to women
in love, rather than offering opportunity for consideration of an individual. 16.

Character and the Individual Personality in English Renaissance Drama

This book explores representations of the individualistic character in drama, Shakespearean and non-Shakespearean, and some of the Renaissance ideas allowing for and informing them. Setting aside Shakespearean exceptionalism, the study reads a wide variety of plays to explain how intellectual context could allow for such characterization.

Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England

authored " the first original dramatic comedy written by a woman in English " (
294 ) . The Cooke sisters in ... Individual bibliographies follow each entry , which
offer a starting point for research on specific women . Advanced scholars may
wish ...

Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England

Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England is an international volume published every year in hardcover, containing essays and studies as well as book reviews of the many significant books and essays dealing with the cultural history of medieval and early modern England as expressed by and realized in its drama exclusive of Shakespeare.

The Semiotics of Rape in Renaissance English Literature

The question of woman ' s individual choice in their bodily integrity , whether in
regards to sexual relations or marriage ... As Fredson Bowers observes of the
taste for revenge tragedy during the late sixteenth century , “ The Elizabethan
who ...

The Semiotics of Rape in Renaissance English Literature

The Semiotics of Rape in Renaissance English Literature traces the development of laws regarding rape in pre- and early modern England, including Anglo-Saxon, Norman, and Tudor changes to the legal code and how legal code, societal expectations of virtuous women, and medical theory interact to coerce silence from early modern rape victims. These forces come to play in the literary texts under examination, including poetry from Sir Philip Sidney and George Gascoigne and drama by William Shakespeare and Thomas Heywood. By examining the narratorial slippage, the gaps between the original Roman myth and the Elizabethan retellings of the narrative, this study seeks to tease out the sites of particularly English forms of misogyny and discover how this misogyny affects all women, not just those who are rape victims.

Fashioning Femininity and English Renaissance Drama

nal malevolence in two parts, in the witches and in Lady Macbeth, and then
persistently identifies the two parts as one. Through this identification,
Shakespeare in effect locates the source of his culture's fear of witchcraft in
individual human ...

Fashioning Femininity and English Renaissance Drama

By examining representations of women on stage and in the many printed materials aimed at them, Karen Newman shows how female subjectivity—both the construction of the gendered subject and the ideology of women's subjection to men—was fashioned in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Her emphasis is not on "women" so much as on the category of "femininity" as deployed in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Through the critical lens of poststructuralism, Newman reads anatomies, conduct and domesticity handbooks, sermons, homilies, ballads, and court cases to delineate the ideologies of femininity they represented and produced. Arguing that drama, as spectacle, provides a peculiarly useful locus for analyzing the management of femininity, Newman considers the culture of early modern London to reveal how female subjectivity was fashioned and staged in the plays of Shakespeare, Jonson, and others.

Re imagining Western European Geography in English Renaissance Drama

Inherturn,the bawd Maquerelle speaks for the diversityof women's ethical
predisposition: some arehonest, ... plays dramatizing geographic and
ethnographicallusions totheseregions transmogrifytheforeign setting into
adomestic one, includingitin the paradigmof global trade ... Theyalso provide
richand versatile statementsof Englishness and English superiority, or criticism
revealing individual English faults.

Re imagining Western European Geography in English Renaissance Drama

Matei-Chesnoiu examines the changing understanding of world geography in sixteenth-century England and the concomitant involvement of the London theatre in shaping a new perception of Western European space. Fresh readings are offered of Shakespeare, Jonson, Marlowe, Middleton, Dekker, Massinger, Marston, and others.

Early Responses to Renaissance Drama

Aside from queens there is still not a single unimpeachable example of an
individual, identifiable woman's response to ... In the interim, I would like to
observe, this situation does not mean there is no significant evidence concerning
particular women's individual responses to drama, ... four tragedies of Cleopatra
published or performed in English by 1607, and to have written an account of
Cleopatra in ...

Early Responses to Renaissance Drama

A study of early responses to the plays of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and other Renaissance dramatists.

Female Mourning in Medieval and Renaissance English Drama

In these history plays about England's medieval past we find figures of mourning
women that resonate with the depictions of mourning women in ... They are
tragedies of community as much as they are tragedies of powerful individuals . In
their ...

Female Mourning in Medieval and Renaissance English Drama

Looking at the plays of Shakespeare, Kyd, and Webster this book presents a new perspective on early modern drama grounded upon three original interrelated points. The author explores how the motif of the mourning woman on the early modern stage embodies the cultural trauma of the Reformation in England; brings to light the extent to which the figures of early modern drama recall those of the recent medieval past; and addresses how these representations embody actual mourning practices that were, after the Reformation, increasingly viewed as disturbing.

Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England

First, they behaved as crowds, not as individuals, and second the female element
in their composition influenced their behavior more ... A great deal throughout the
period was written by men about how plays could so easily corrupt women.

Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England

Reflecting a variety of scholarly interests, this volume includes articles that range addressing Africans in Elizabeth London to chapel stagings, to the theory and practice of domestic tragedy. It also includes essays on the historical and theoretical issues relating to the evolution of dramatic texts and women at the theater.

Six Elizabethan and Jacobean Tragedies

The Spanish Tragedy; Doctor Faustus; Sejanus His Fall; Women Beware Women
; The White Devil; 'Tis Pity She's A Whore ... INTRODUCTION THE stx PLAYS in
this New Mermaid volume have-been chosen to represent the tragic drama of the
English Renaissance from about ... The interest in women as individuals in
prominent social and political circles is an important feature of the drama of the
age, ...

Six Elizabethan and Jacobean Tragedies

This anthology contains scholarly and annotated editions of six major Elizabethan and Jacobean plays: The Spanish Tragedy Doctor Faustus Sejanus Women Beware Women The White Devil 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

Readings in Renaissance Women s Drama

Renaissance. women. dramatists. Marion. Wynne-Davies. The fundamental role
of the English country house in ... than the individual rooms envisaged by the
earlytwentieth-century reader, the secure spaces which enabled Renaissance ...

Readings in Renaissance Women s Drama

Readings in Renaissance Women's Drama is the most complete sourcebook for the study of this growing area of inquiry. It brings together, for the first time, a collection of the key critical commentaries and historical essays - both classic and contemporary - on Renaissance women's drama. Specifically designed to provide a comprehensive overview for students, teachers and scholars, this collection combines: * this century's key critical essays on drama by early modern women by early critics such as Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot * specially-commissioned new essays by some of today's important feminist critics * a preface and introduction explaining this selection and contexts of the materials * a bibliography of secondary sources Playwrights covered include Joanna Lumley, Elizabeth Cary, Mary Sidney, Mary Wroth and the Cavendish sisters.

Women and Literature in Britain 1500 1700

First comprehensive introduction to women's role in, and access to, literary culture in early modern Britain.

Women and Literature in Britain  1500 1700

First comprehensive introduction to women's role in, and access to, literary culture in early modern Britain.

Women of the English Renaissance and Reformation

1 To analyze the achievements of the women scholars of the Jacobean
generation and to place their accomplishments in perspective, a brief survey
must first be made of the role of the King's consort, Anne of Denmark, in fostering
dramatic ...

Women of the English Renaissance and Reformation

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The Tested Woman Plot

Women's Choices, Men's Judgments, and the Shaping of Stories Lois E. Bueler ...
most influential episodes in Ariosto.1 Arguably the single most brilliantly
exploited plot in English Renaissance drama, ... Criticism of specific plot
structures, as distinct from the plots of individual works or the features of narrative
in general, ...

The Tested Woman Plot

"In this study, Lois E. Bueler examines in broad literary historical terms what she calls the Tested Woman Plot, a "story-machine" that originated in the ancient Mediterranean world (as in the stories of Eve and Lucretia), flourished in English Renaissance drama (as in Much Ado about Nothing and The Changeling), and continued into the novels of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (as in Clarissa, Adam Bede, and The Scarlet Letter)." "Encyclopedic in scope, The Tested Woman Plot is a provocative look at a key narrative tradition that spans many genres and should appeal to all serious students of literature."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

English Stage Comedy 1490 1990

All women appear abnormal to all men , and all men to all women ' ( pp . ... for
individual marriage settlements to protect the property rights of the wife : The
Family , Sex and Marriage in England 1500 ... 17 Karen Newman , Fashioning
Femininity and English Renaissance Drama ( Chicago , IL , and London :
University of ...

English Stage Comedy  1490 1990

This is a study of the comedy of the English stage from the Tudor period to the late 20th century. It surveys five centuries of classic comic drama, focusing on major playwrights such as Shakespeare, Jonson and Etherege.

The History of British Women s Writing 1610 1690

The questionoflost texts isstill an areafor scholarly investigation; wemay identify
fifteen women writing plays between 1610and 1690,but we ... The Paradise of
Women: Writingsby Englishwomenofthe Renaissance (1981).23 Giventhe lack of
availabilityofdramatic texts some ... Gradually, however, individual works and
collections of plays became more readily available; for example, my own edition,
with ...

The History of British Women s Writing  1610 1690

During the seventeenth century, in response to political and social upheavals such as the English Civil Wars, women produced writings in both manuscript and print. This volume represents recent scholarship that has uncovered new texts as well as introduced new paradigms to further our understanding of women's literary history during this period.

Girlhood of Shakespeare s Sisters

It was not that the Children of Paul's or the Queen's Revels could not stage
female children, but that their interest in childhood focused ... When the plot
focuses on the adult world rather than the individual's spiritual development, little
girls tend to be static, largely symbolic presences. ... I As explored in the
preceding chapters, childhood was constructed Where Are the Girls in English
Renaissance Drama?

Girlhood of Shakespeare s Sisters

The first book-length study of the way the literature and drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries constructed the category of the 'girl'.