Feminisms and Early Modern Texts: Essays for Phyllis Rachin Rebecca Ann Bach

ISBN: 9781575911366

Published: September 3rd 2010

Hardcover

216 pages


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Feminisms and Early Modern Texts: Essays for Phyllis Rachin  by  Rebecca Ann Bach

Feminisms and Early Modern Texts: Essays for Phyllis Rachin by Rebecca Ann Bach
September 3rd 2010 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 216 pages | ISBN: 9781575911366 | 5.56 Mb

This collection demonstrates the diversity of contemporary feminist scholarship in early modern studies. With an introduction by Jean E. Howard, and essays by Rackins former students Wendy Wall, Kim F. Hall, Lisa A.

Freeman, Will Fisher, PeterMoreThis collection demonstrates the diversity of contemporary feminist scholarship in early modern studies. With an introduction by Jean E. Howard, and essays by Rackins former students Wendy Wall, Kim F. Hall, Lisa A. Freeman, Will Fisher, Peter Parolin, Sarah Werner, Julie Crawford, Rebecca Ann Bach, and Gwynne Kennedy, and Rackins long-time colleague, Barbara Hodgdon, the volume covers a range of subjects of interest to early modern scholars and their students.

Essays on domesticity, sexuality, masculinity, women writers, pedagogy, and performance push issues central to Rackins scholarship in significant new directions. The introduction emphasizes Rackins commitment to feminism in both her scholarship and academic life, as it surveys her important contributions to Shakespeare studies. Several essays consider domesticity as a source of womens empowerment. Peter Parolin compares The Taming of the Shrew, where Kates taming entails her removal from food production, and The Knight of the Burning Pestle, where Nell gains authority from it.

Wendy Wall draws connections between early modern womens writing practices and the housewifes task of carving. Kim F. Hall examines English womens involvement in the production and consumption of sugar and in the institutionalization of African slavery. Contrasting the views of Othellos passion held by early modern and eighteenth-century critics, Rebecca Ann Bach traces both the emergence of heterosexual gender norms that situate men as active desiring subjects and women as passive objects and the centrality of race in their formulation.

Will Fisher engages historical constructions of sexuality and gender by considering Celia and Rosalind in As You Like It as a homoerotic couple who refigure material practices associated with heterosexual marriage. Lisa A. Freeman and Julie Crawford focus on women writers. Freeman analyzes the paradoxical position of the public female intellectual, thought to possess a masculine mind but weak feminine body, through the strategies the bluestocking Elizabeth Carter adopts to resist and refigure this position.

Crawford shows how Mary Wroth connects the sonnet with a ladys closet, as publicly private spaces, to address both a specific and a larger audience in her romance. Focusing on revenge tragedies, Gwynne Kennedy identifies strategies that discredit or minimize the legitimacy of the female characters revenge.

Sarah Werner combines feminism, pedagogy, and editorial theory to show how Cordelia can introduce students to the multitext King Lear, the politics of editing, and the construction of gender. Barbara Hodgdon argues for a more expansive and interactive understanding of text, performance, and theory.

Rebecca Ann Bach is Professor of English at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Gwynne Kennedy is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Womens Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.



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