Women and Tudor Tragedy : Feminizing Counsel and Representing Gender

By: Ward, Allyna EMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Lanham : Fairleigh Dickinson, 2013Description: 1 online resource (207 p.)ISBN: 9781611476026Subject(s): English drama - Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 - History and criticism | English drama (Tragedy) - History and criticism | Great Britain - History - Tudors, 1485-1603 | Women and literature - Great Britain - History - 16th century | Women in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Women and Tudor Tragedy : Feminizing Counsel and Representing GenderDDC classification: 820.90031 LOC classification: PR649.W66 | W373 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; Acknowledgments; Author's Note; Introduction; Chapter One: History, Religion, and Culture; Chapter Two: Political Women and Dramatic Representation; Chapter Three: Seneca and Female Power; Chapter Four: Tyrants and Counselors; Chapter Five: Frailty, Thy Name Is Woman; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index; About the Author
Summary: Women and Tudor Tragedy explores the interconnected relationships of women as writers, dramatic characters, and political participants in Tudor England to reveal the importance of these to the understanding of women's place in English culture, political, and religious life.
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Contents; Acknowledgments; Author's Note; Introduction; Chapter One: History, Religion, and Culture; Chapter Two: Political Women and Dramatic Representation; Chapter Three: Seneca and Female Power; Chapter Four: Tyrants and Counselors; Chapter Five: Frailty, Thy Name Is Woman; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index; About the Author

Women and Tudor Tragedy explores the interconnected relationships of women as writers, dramatic characters, and political participants in Tudor England to reveal the importance of these to the understanding of women's place in English culture, political, and religious life.

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In Women and Tudor Tragedy, Ward (Booth Univ., Canada) looks to several Tudor tragedies to demonstrate how the role of counselors in these plays can provide a means for examining how male hierarchy attempted to maintain power when Mary and Elizabeth I were on the throne. Ward historicizes the education and role of counselors in the lives and monarchies of the Tudor queens. She then discusses the role of counsel to (and counsel from) women in Tudor tragedy, with Jane Lumley's The Tragedie of Iphigenia and George Gascoigne and Francis Kinwelmershe's Jocasta. Ward examines Tudor translations and adaptations of Seneca, and looks at tyrants in Cambises, Gorboduc, Horestes, and Gismond of Salerne. Finally, the author considers Anne Dowriche's tragic epic poem The French Historie. Ward's focus on the role of counsel in gender dynamics provides a new perspective in an understanding of how a patriarchic society could serve their "God-ordained" rulers while maintaining a male leadership. Summing Up: Recommended. For comprehensive collections serving upper-division undergraduates and above. J. D. Sharpe University of Bridgeport

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