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The Legacy of Boadicea : Gender and Nation in Early Modern England - Jodi Mikalachki

The Legacy of Boadicea

Gender and Nation in Early Modern England

Paperback Published: 5th June 1998
ISBN: 9780415182645
Number Of Pages: 218
For Ages: 18 years old

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"Boadicea's Legacy" explores the construction of personal and national identities in early modern England, highlighting problems and anxieties attendant on historicist projects of national identity in a nation with no native classical past. Pre-eminent among these anxieties was the fear of a savage femininity at the very origins of the nation. Boadicea, the ancient warrior queen, epitomized early modern beliefs in the inevitable excess and failure of female rule. Written in an accessible style, "Boadicea's Legacy" offers powerful new readings of the ancient British past in Shakespeare's "King Lear" and "Cymbeline," persuasively illuminates a 'Boadicean' heritage in royal iconography, drama, and the social symptoms of religious dissent, and finally, articulates parallels between the eventual domestication of Britain's warrior queen in Restoration drama, and the social, political and legal decline in the status of women.

..."an indispensible addition to this emerging field of study." -Shakespeare Quarterly

List of Plates
Acknowledgements
Note on citations
Introductionp. 1
From Mater Terra to the Artificial Manp. 18
King Lear and the tragedy of native originsp. 68
Cymbeline and the masculine romance of Roman Britainp. 96
The domestication of the savage queenp. 115
Epiloguep. 150
Notesp. 156
Bibliographyp. 182
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9780415182645
ISBN-10: 0415182646
Series: Superconductors; 22
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 5th June 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1