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Gender, Interpretation, and Political Rule in Sidney''s Arcadia [electronic resource].

By: DeZur, Kathryn.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lanham : University of Delaware, 2012Description: 1 online resource (195 p.).ISBN: 9781611494198.Subject(s): Arcadia in literature | Gender identity in literature | Politics and literature - Great Britain - History - 16th century | Sidney, PhilipGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Gender, Interpretation, and Political Rule in Sidney''s ArcadiaDDC classification: 821.3 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Contents; Acknowledgments; A Note on the Text; Introduction; 1 Queens and Wives; 2 Wives and Regents as Readers; 3 Defending the Castle in Sidney's Old Arcadia; 4 Counting the Countess; 5 Lady Mary Wroth's Reading of Romance; 6 Sewing Accord with A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia; Bibliography; Index; About the Author
Summary: This book examines debates regarding gendered interpretation of persuasive rhetoric in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. The book traces ideological changes concerning women's positions in early modern English romances written and inspired by Sir Philip Sidney, and it analyzes these texts in light of contemporary political discourse.
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Contents; Acknowledgments; A Note on the Text; Introduction; 1 Queens and Wives; 2 Wives and Regents as Readers; 3 Defending the Castle in Sidney's Old Arcadia; 4 Counting the Countess; 5 Lady Mary Wroth's Reading of Romance; 6 Sewing Accord with A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia; Bibliography; Index; About the Author

This book examines debates regarding gendered interpretation of persuasive rhetoric in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. The book traces ideological changes concerning women's positions in early modern English romances written and inspired by Sir Philip Sidney, and it analyzes these texts in light of contemporary political discourse.

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Touching on a daunting array of issues about early modern women as readers and writers of romance, DeZur (State Univ. of New York College of Technology at Delhi) focuses on depictions of royal women as targets--and occasionally agents--of verbal seduction, not only in Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia (as her title suggests) but also in some of its literary progeny. Four chapters treating the individual works follow a pair of background chapters on women as rulers and as readers. These works include Sidney's original manuscript version of The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia; the radically revised version published in 1593 under the auspices of the countess herself, Philip's sister Mary; The Countess of Montgomery's Urania (1621) written by his niece, Lady Mary Wroth; and Anna Weamys's A Continuation of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia (1651). DeZur's linking of queenship to discourses about housewifery, and discussion of the lesser-known Weamys, will particularly interest scholars. Unfortunately, however, the profusion of topics does nothing to encourage depth of analysis (interpretations tend to be heavily reductive), and historical claims are not always sufficiently grounded in primary sources and recent scholarship (e.g., on Tudor queens regnant). Lapses in syntax, diction, and spelling indicate less-than-adequate editing. Summing Up: Recommended. For comprehensive collections serving graduate students and researchers. D. M. Moore emeritus, University of Iowa

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