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Warrior Women and Popular Balladry 1650-1850 : Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature a - Dianne Dugaw

Warrior Women and Popular Balladry 1650-1850

Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature a

Hardcover Published: 24th November 1989
ISBN: 9780521372541
Number Of Pages: 250

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Dianne Dugaw's book documents the flourishing of the female warrior heroine in lower-class popular songs of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In well over a hundred ballads during this period, the heroine masquerades as a man, going to war for love and glory. The author examines the ballads, their composition, sale and performance, and relates the warrior women to a wide range of contemporary contexts. These include everyday life for the lower-class population of the period (especially for women), a wide array of literary forms using the motif of disguised women and raising issues relating to gender and masquerading, and the western heroic ideal with its sexual and martial implications. This original study makes valuable connections between popular and polite literary forms, too often segregated in academic studies. From a stimulating feminist persective, Professor Dugaw addresses some timely and contentious issues in this study of refreshingly new source material.

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"Women Warriors raises urgent and important questions about treatments of gender in the eighteenth century, about the relation between historical conditions and cultural works, and, particularly, about the interaction between the conventional and referential dimensions of those works--including the ways that the conventions of traditional forms may themselves become one of the conditions of life." Modern Philology "Dugaw's book makes these points forcefully and thoroughly...The writing is literate and lively, and the documentation and contextual learning have the impressive thoroughness that is something of a hallmark of scholarship grounded in a UCLA dissertation." Mark Booth, The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography

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List of abbreviations
Popular balladry, Mary Ambree, and the beginnings of the Female Warrior motif, 1600-1650
The fashion for Female Warrior ballads: new "hits" and old favorites, 1650-1800
The museum life of Mary Ambree and the decline of the Female Warrior, 1800 to the present
The Female Warrior motif as an idea
The Female Warrior and everyday life in the early modern world
The Female Warrior and the construction of gender
Hic-Mulier: imaginative preoccupation and genotype for the Female Warrior
The Female Warrior, Gay's Polly, and the heroic ideal
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ISBN: 9780521372541
ISBN-10: 0521372542
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature a
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 24th November 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.54

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