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Rewriting the Renaissance : the discourses of sexual difference in early modern Europe / edited by Margaret W. Ferguson, Maureen Quilligan, and Nancy J. Vickers.

Contributor(s): Ferguson, Margaret W, 1948- | Quilligan, Maureen, 1944- | Vickers, Nancy J.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Women in culture and society: Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1987, c1986Edition: Paperback edition.Description: xxxi, 426 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0226243141 (pbk.); 9780226243146 (pbk.); 0226243133; 9780226243139.Other title: Discourses of sexual difference in early modern Europe.Subject(s): Sex role -- Europe -- History -- Congresses | Women -- Europe -- History -- Renaissance, 1450-1600 -- Congresses | Patriarchy -- Europe -- History -- Congresses | European literature -- Renaissance, 1450-1600 -- History and criticism -- Congresses | Sex role in literature -- CongressesDDC classification: 305.3 Other classification: EC 5410 | HI 1161 | NW 8100
Contents:
Fatherly authority : the politics of Stuart family images / Jonathan Goldberg -- The absent mother in King Lear / Coppélia Kahn -- Prospero's wife / Stephen Orgel -- A midsummer night's dream and the shaping fantasies of Elizabethan culture : gender, power, form / Louis A. Montrose -- Puritanism and Maenadism in A mask / Richard Halpern -- Dalila's house : Samson agonistes and the sexual division of labor / John Guillory -- Patriarchal territiories : the body enclosed / Peter Stallybrass -- The other and the same : the image of the hermaphrodite in Rabelais / Carla Freccero -- Usurpation, seduction, and the problematics of the proper : a "deconstructive," "feminist" rereading of the seduction of Richard and Anne in Shakespeare's Richard III / Marguerite Waller -- The beauty of woman : problems in the rhetoric of Renaissance portraiture / Elizabeth Cropper -- Spinsters and seamstresses : women in cloth and clothing production / Merry E. Wiesner -- A woman's place was in the home : women's work in Renaissance Tuscany / Judith C. Brown -- Catherine de' Medici as Artemisia : figuring the powerful widow / Sheila Ffoliott -- Feminism and the humanists : the case for Sir Thomas Elyot's Defense of good women / Constance Jordan -- Singing unsung heroines : androgynous discourse in Book 3 of The faerie queen / Lauren Silberman -- Stella's wit : Penelope Rich as reader of Sidney's sonnets / Clark Hulse -- Gender vs. sex difference in Louise Lab'̌s grammar of love / François Rigolot -- City women and their audiences : Louise Labé and Veronica Franko / Ann Rosalind Jones.
Summary: Juxtaposing the insights of feminism with those of marxism, psychoanalysis, and deconstruction, this unique collection creates new common ground for women's studies and Renaissance studies. An outstanding array of scholars--literary critics, art critics, and historians--reexamines the role of women and their relations with men during the Renaissance. In the process, the contributors enrich the emerging languages of and about women, gender, and sexual difference. Throughout, the essays focus on the structures of Renaissance patriarchy that organized power relations both in the state and in the family. They explore the major conequences of patriarchy for women--their marginalization and lack of identity and power--and the ways in which individual women or groups of women broke, or in some cases deliberately circumvented, the rules that defined them as a secondary sex. Topics covered include representations of women in literature and art, the actual work done by women both inside and outside of the home, and the writings of women themselves. In analyzing the rhetorical strategies that "marginalized" historical and fictional women, these essays counter scholarly and critical traditions that continue to exhibit patriarchal biases. -- Back cover.
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A Chicago Original Paperback.

Originally published 1986.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 393-412) and index.

Part 1. The politics of patriatrchy : theory and practice -- Fatherly authority : the politics of Stuart family images / Jonathan Goldberg -- The absent mother in King Lear / Coppélia Kahn -- Prospero's wife / Stephen Orgel -- A midsummer night's dream and the shaping fantasies of Elizabethan culture : gender, power, form / Louis A. Montrose -- Puritanism and Maenadism in A mask / Richard Halpern -- Dalila's house : Samson agonistes and the sexual division of labor / John Guillory -- Patriarchal territiories : the body enclosed / Peter Stallybrass -- Part 2. The rhetorics of marginalization : consequences of patriarchy -- The other and the same : the image of the hermaphrodite in Rabelais / Carla Freccero -- Usurpation, seduction, and the problematics of the proper : a "deconstructive," "feminist" rereading of the seduction of Richard and Anne in Shakespeare's Richard III / Marguerite Waller -- The beauty of woman : problems in the rhetoric of Renaissance portraiture / Elizabeth Cropper -- Spinsters and seamstresses : women in cloth and clothing production / Merry E. Wiesner -- A woman's place was in the home : women's work in Renaissance Tuscany / Judith C. Brown -- Part 3. The works of women : some exceptions to the rule of patriarchy -- Catherine de' Medici as Artemisia : figuring the powerful widow / Sheila Ffoliott -- Feminism and the humanists : the case for Sir Thomas Elyot's Defense of good women / Constance Jordan -- Singing unsung heroines : androgynous discourse in Book 3 of The faerie queen / Lauren Silberman -- Stella's wit : Penelope Rich as reader of Sidney's sonnets / Clark Hulse -- Gender vs. sex difference in Louise Lab'̌s grammar of love / François Rigolot -- City women and their audiences : Louise Labé and Veronica Franko / Ann Rosalind Jones.

Juxtaposing the insights of feminism with those of marxism, psychoanalysis, and deconstruction, this unique collection creates new common ground for women's studies and Renaissance studies. An outstanding array of scholars--literary critics, art critics, and historians--reexamines the role of women and their relations with men during the Renaissance. In the process, the contributors enrich the emerging languages of and about women, gender, and sexual difference. Throughout, the essays focus on the structures of Renaissance patriarchy that organized power relations both in the state and in the family. They explore the major conequences of patriarchy for women--their marginalization and lack of identity and power--and the ways in which individual women or groups of women broke, or in some cases deliberately circumvented, the rules that defined them as a secondary sex. Topics covered include representations of women in literature and art, the actual work done by women both inside and outside of the home, and the writings of women themselves. In analyzing the rhetorical strategies that "marginalized" historical and fictional women, these essays counter scholarly and critical traditions that continue to exhibit patriarchal biases. -- Back cover.

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CHOICE Review

A fine collection of 18 essays, this volume grew out of a conference held at New Haven in 1982. Its focus is the manner in which the new economic, social, and political arrangements of early modern Europe influenced and were influenced by relations between men and women. A critical feminist perspective, informed by the insights of deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and Marxism, predominates. The essays are organized into three sections that explore the theory and practice of the Renaissance patriarchal structure, the ways in which Renaissance women were rendered marginal, and strategies women used to transform their marginality into positions of strength. Although the editors and most of the authors are trained in literary criticism, essays by art historians and social historians are included. Overall, the collection is a model of interdisciplinary scholarship and offers exciting alternatives to traditional methods and interpretations in both women's studies and Renaissance studies. The work includes a valuable selected bibliography of works for further reading. Highly recommended for academic libraries.-J. Harrie, California State College, Bakersfield

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Margaret W. Ferguson is professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Maureen Quilligan is professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Nancy J. Vickers is professor of French and Italian at the University of Southern California.<br>

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