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Voicing Women
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Voicing Women offers fresh, theoretically inspired readings of women Renaissance writers, as well as detailed critical introductions and notes. It reveals the extent of the material restraints on women's expression in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, illustrating the difficulties faced by women writers and their strategies to overcome them. The use of female voices in male-authored texts and the different ways in which the body is portrayed by male and female writers is discussed in detail, and there are revelations about the religious and political contexts of the women's work. This will be an invaluable resource for all those studying Renaissance texts.
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Introduction: "voice that is mine"; the word and the throne - John Knox's "The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women"; engendering penitence - Nicholas Breton and "the Countesse of Penbrooke"; women writers and women readers - the case of Aemilia Lanier; the canonization of Elizabeth Cary; Dionys Fitzherbert and the anatomy of madness; the torture of Limena - sex and violence in Lady Mary Wroth's "Urania"; the iconography of the blush - Marian literature of the 1630s; playing the "masculine part" - finding a difference within Behn's poetry; read within - gender, cultural difference and quaker women's travel narratives; contra-dictions - women as figures of exclusion and resistance in John Bunyan and Agnes Beaumont's narratives; seditious sisterhood - women publishers of opposition literature at the restoration.

About the Author

Kate Chedgzoy is Lecturer in English and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick. Melanie Hansen was formerly Lecturer in English at the University of Durham

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The quality of the argument isbetter than that of most writing on gender ... The volume challenges some dogmas of feminism which were becoming stifling ... (A) useful book. -- Penny McCarthy The quality of the argument isbetter than that of most writing on gender ... The volume challenges some dogmas of feminism which were becoming stifling ... (A) useful book.

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