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Biblical Women's Voices in Early Modern England

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Biblical Women's Voices in Early Modern England documents the extent to which portrayals of women writers, rulers, and leaders in the Hebrew Bible scripted the lives of women in early modern England. Attending to a broad range of writing by Protestant men and women, including John Donne, Mary Sidney, John Milton, Rachel Speght, and Aemilia Lanyer, the author investigates how the cultural requirement for feminine silence informs early modern readings of biblical women's stories, and furthermore, how these biblical characters were used to counteract cultural constraints on women's speech.

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Table of Contents

Introduction "Even I wil sing" 1

1 "Should she not be ashamed?" : constructing Mary Sidney as a Renaissance Miriam 11

2 "My mouth is enlarged over mine enemies" : Hannah and the consequence of private prayer 45

3 "Give ear o princes" : Deborah as a model for female authority 77

4 "Naked against the enemy" : the feminization of David 111

Epilogue None can resist her words 149

Bibliography 157

Biblical index 171

Subject and author index 175

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