Rhetoric, women and politics in early modern England
- edited by Jennifer Richards and Alison Thorne.
- London ; New York : Routledge, 2007.
- Physical description
- x, 254 p. ; 23 cm.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -243) and index.
- Acknowledgements List of Contributors Introduction Jennifer Richards and Alison Thorne
- 2. Spelling Backwards Patricia Parker
- 3. Caught in medias res: Female Intercession, 'Regulation' and 'Exchange' Rachel Heard
- 4. Speaking Women: Rhetoric and the Construction of Female Talk Danielle Clarke
- 5. Letter writing Lucrece: Shakespeare in the 1590s Huw Griffiths
- 6. 'Prebyterian Sibyl': Truth-telling and Gender in The Third Advice to a Painter Martin Dzelzainis
- 7. Exemplarity, Women and Political Rhetoric Susan Wiseman
- 8. The Rhetoric of (In)fertility: Shifting Responses to Elizabeth I's Childlessness Helen Hackett
- 9. Women's Letters of Recommendation and the Rhetoric of Friendship in Sixteenth-Century England James Daybell
- 10. Embodied Rhetoric: Quaker Public Discourse in the 1650s Hilary Hinds Afterword Neil Rhodes Bibliography.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Rhetoric has long been a powerful and pervasive force in political and cultural life, yet in the early modern period rhetorical training was generally reserved as a masculine privilege. This volume argues, however, that women found a variety of ways to represent their interests persuasively, and that by looking more closely at the importance of rhetoric for early modern women, and their representation within rhetorical culture, we also gain a better understanding of their capacity for political action. Offering a fascinating overview of women and rhetoric in early modern culture, the contributors to this book: examine constructions of female speech in a range of male-authored texts, from Shakespeare to Milton and Marvell; trace how women interceded on behalf of clients or family members, proclaimed their spiritual beliefs and sought to influence public opinion; explore the most significant forms of female rhetorical self-representation in the period, including supplication, complaint and preaching; and demonstrate how these forms enabled women from across the social spectrum, from Elizabeth I to the Quaker Dorothy Waugh, to intervene in political life. Drawing upon incisive analysis of a wide range of literary texts including poetry, drama, prose polemics, letters and speeches, "Rhetoric, Women and Politics in Early Modern England" presents an important new perspective on the early modern world, forms of rhetoric, and the role of women in the culture and politics of the time.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Supplemental links
- Table of contents only
- English literature > Early modern, 1500-1700 > History and criticism.
- Women and literature > England > History > 16th century.
- Women and literature > England > History > 17th century.
- English language > Early modern, 1500-1700 > Rhetoric.
- Women > England > History > Renaissance, 1450-1600.
- Women > England > History > 17th century.
- Rhetoric > Political aspects.
- Literature and society > England > History > 16th century.
- Literature and society > England > History > 17th century.
- Women in literature.
- Publication date
- 9780415385275 (pbk.)
- 041538527X (pbk.)
- 9780203965900 (e-book)
- 0203965906 (e-book)
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