Tudor and Stuart Women Writers

Tudor and Stuart Women Writers

Schleiner, Louise
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/22/1994
Format: Paperback illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-20886-6
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... a nuanced, carefully argued work that reveals how women writers of the Renaissance, whether upper-class aristocrats close to court, daughters of successful merchants, Protestants, or Catholics, are inevitably affected by the gender biases that infuse all levels of Renaissance society and letters." —Sixteenth Century Journal

... quite effective at developing a critical vocabulary for analyzing the formal traits of early modern women’s writing." —Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature

From the perspectives of feminism, Marxism, sociology, and cultural semiotics, Louise Schleiner examines both familiar and obscure Tudor and Stuart women writers in a comprehensive study of those women who managed to go beyond translations or diaries and find a more individual voice in their public texts.

Author Bio

LOUISE SCHLEINER is Associate Professor of English at Washington State University and author of The Living Lyre in English Verse from Elizabeth through the Restoration and Cultural Semiotics and the Elizabethan Captive Woman.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar

Women’s Household Circles as a Gendered Reading Formation: Whitney, Tyler, and Lanyer

Activist Entries into Writing: Lady Elizabeth Hoby/Russell and the Other Cooke Sisters

Authorial Identity for a Second-Generation Protestant Aristocrat: The Countess of Pembroke

Catholic Squirearchy and Women’s Writing: The Countesses of Oxford and Arundel and Elizabeth Weston

Parlor Games and Male Self-Imaging as Government: Jonson, Bulstrode, and Ladies Southwell and Worth

Factional Identities and Writers’ Energies: Wroth, the Countess of Bedford, and Donne

Popery and Politics: Lady Falkland’s Return to Writing

Epilogue: Theoretical Perspectives
Works Cited or Consulted