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Women, 'Race' and Writing in the Early Modern Period - Margo Hendricks

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Women, Race', and Writing in the Early Modern Period is an extraordinary achievement. Superbly edited by two of the leading scholars in Renaissance studies, the volume is a brilliant, interdisciplinary examination of one of the most neglected areas in current scholarship. Using literary, historical, anthropological and medical materials, the contributors explore an important intersection within the major era of European imperial expansion. The volume looks at: The conditions of women's writing and the problems of female authorship in the period The tensions between recent feminist criticism and the questions of race', empire and colonialism The relationship between the early modern period, post-colonial theory and recent African writing Women, Race', and Writing in the Early Modern Period contains ground-breaking work by some of the most exciting scholars in contemporary criticism and theory. It will be vital reading for anyone working or studying in the field.

Introductionp. 1
Defining differences
The color of patriarchy: Critical difference, cultural difference, and Renaissance dramap. 17
"The getting of a lawful race": Racial discourse in early modern England and the unrepresentable black womanp. 35
The face of domestication: Physiognomy, gender politics, and humanism's othersp. 55
Male writing, exoticism, empire
Cannibalism, homophobia, women: Montaigne's "Des cannibales" and "De l'amitie"'p. 73
Fantasies of "race" and "gender": Africa, Othello, and bringing to lightp. 84
An English lass amid the Moors: Gender, race, sexuality, and national identity in Heywood's The Fair Maid of the Westp. 101
Amazons and Africans: Gender, race, and empire in Daniel Defoep. 118
The other woman: Polygamy, Pamela, and the prerogative of empirep. 138
Female authorship and negotiating differences
Re-reading Elizabeth Cary's The Tragedie of Mariam, Faire Queene of Jewryp. 163
"I rather would wish to be a Black-Moor": Beauty, race, and rank in Lady Mary Wroth's Uraniap. 178
The tenth muse: Gender, rationality, and the marketing of knowledgep. 195
Juggling; the categories of race, class, and gender: Aphra Behn's Oroonokop. 209
Civility, barbarism, and Aphra Behn's The Widow Ranterp. 225
Gender, race, and class: colonial and postcolonial
Iroquois women, European womenp. 243
Andean witches and virgins: Seventeenth-century nativism and subversive gender ideologiesp. 259
Invaded women: Gender, race, and class in the formation of colonial societyp. 272
Othello's identity, postcolonial theory, and contemporary African rewritings of Othellop. 287
Notesp. 300
Notes on Contributorsp. 369
Indexp. 373
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ISBN: 9780415077774
ISBN-10: 041507777X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st March 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 1