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Rewriting the Renaissance : The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe - Margaret W. Ferguson

Rewriting the Renaissance

The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe

By: Margaret W. Ferguson (Editor), Maureen Quilligan (Editor), Nancy J. Vickers (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st September 1986
ISBN: 9780226243146
Number Of Pages: 448

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Juxtaposing the insights of feminism with those of marxism, psychoanalysis, and deconstruction, this unique collection creates new common ground for women's studies and Renaissance studies. An outstanding array of scholars--literary critics, art critics, and historians--reexamines the role of women and their relations with men during the Renaissance. In the process, the contributors enrich the emerging languages of and about women, gender, and sexual difference.
Throughout, the essays focus on the structures of Renaissance patriarchy that organized power relations both in the state and in the family. They explore the major conequences of patriarchy for women--their marginalization and lack of identity and power--and the ways in which individual women or groups of women broke, or in some cases deliberately circumvented, the rules that defined them as a secondary sex. Topics covered include representations of women in literature and art, the actual work done by women both inside and outside of the home, and the writings of women themselves. In analyzing the rhetorical strategies that "marginalized" historical and fictional women, these essays counter scholarly and critical traditions that continue to exhibit patriarchal biases.

Series Editor's Foreword
The Contributors
The Politics of Patriarchy: Theory and Practice
Fatherly Authority: The Politics of Stuart Family Images
The Absent Mother inKing Lear
Prospero's Wife
A Midsummer Night's Dreamand the Shaping Fantasies of Elizabethan Culture: Gender, Power, Form
Puritanism and Maenadism in A Mask
Dalila's House:Samson Agonistesand the Sexual Division of Labor
Patriarchal Territories: The Body Enclosed Peter Stallybrass
The Rhetorics of Marginalization: Consequences of Patriarchy
The Other and The Same: The Image of the Hermaphrodite in Rabelais
Usurpation, Seduction, and the Problematics of the Proper: A "Deconstructive," "Feminist" Rereading of the Seductions of
The Beauty of Woman: Problems in the Rhetoric of Renaissance Portraiture
Spinsters and Seamstresses: Women in Cloth and Clothing Production
A Woman's Place Was in the Home: Women's Work in Renaissance Tuscany
The Works of Women: Some Exceptions to the Rule of Patriarchy
Catherine de' Medici as Artemisia: Figuring the Powerful Widow
Feminism and the Huamnists: The Case for Sir Thomas Elyot's Defense of Good Women Constance Jordan
Singing Unsung Heroines: Androgynous Discourse in Book 3 of The Faerie Queene
Stella's Wit: Penelope Rich as Reader of Sidney's
Gender vs. Sex Difference in Louise Labeacute;'s Grammar of Love
City Women and Their Audiences
Selected Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780226243146
ISBN-10: 0226243141
Series: Women in Culture and Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st September 1986
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 14.91  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.59

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