Women, reading, and the cultural politics of early modern England
- Edith Snook.
- Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate Pub., c2005.
- Physical description
- viii, 188 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
- Women and gender in the early modern world.
- Snook, Edith.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -180) and index.
- Introduction-- Gendering the English Reformation: the vernacular reader in Anne Askew's Examinations and Katherine Parr's Lamentacion of a Synner-- Dorothy Leigh, the 'Labourous Bee, ' and the work of literacy in 17th-century England-- A 'Wit's Camelion': Elizabeth Grymeston and the catholic reader-- Reading the passion among women: Aemelia Lanyer and Elizabeth Middleton-- 'Onely a Cipher': reading and writing secrets in Lady Mary Wroth's The Countess of Montgomery's Urania-- Selected bibliography-- Index.
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A study of the representation of reading in early modern Englishwomen's writing, this book exists at the intersection of textual criticism and cultural history. It looks at depictions of reading in women's printed devotional works, maternal advice books, poetry, and fiction, as well as manuscripts, for evidence of ways in which women conceived of reading in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England. Among the authors and texts considered are Katherine Parr, " Lamentation of a Sinner"; Anne Askew, "The Examinations of Anne Askew"; Dorothy Leigh, "The Mother's Blessing"; Elizabeth Grymeston, "Miscelanea Meditations Memoratives"; Aemelia Lanyer, "Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum"; and Mary Wroth, "The First Part of the Countess of Montgomery's Urania". Attentive to contiguities between representations of reading in print and reading practices found in manuscript culture, this book also examines a commonplace book belonging to Anne Cornwallis (Folger MS V.a.89) and a Passion poem presented by Elizabeth Middleton to Sarah Edmondes (Bod. MS Don. e.17). Edith Snook here makes an original contribution to the ongoing scholarly project of historicizing reading by foregrounding female writers of the early modern period. She explores how women's representations of reading negotiate the dynamic relationship between the public and private spheres and investigates how women might have been affected by changing ideas about literacy, as well as how they sought to effect change in devotional and literary reading practices. Finally, because the activity of reading is a site of cultural conflict - over gender, social and educational status, and the religious or national affiliation of readers - Snook brings to light how these women, when they write about reading, are engaged in structuring the cultural politics of early modern England.
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- Table of contents
- English literature > Early modern, 1500-1700 > History and criticism.
- Women > Books and reading > England > History > 16th century.
- Women > Books and reading > England > History > 17th century.
- English literature > Women authors > History and criticism.
- Women and literature > England > History > 16th century.
- Women and literature > England > History > 17th century.
- Women > England > Intellectual life.
- Books and reading in literature.
- Sex role in literature.
- Publication date
- Women and gender in the early modern world
- 0754652564 (alk. paper)
- 9780754652564 (alk. paper)
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