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Elizabeth I: The Competition for Representation / Edition 1
     

Elizabeth I: The Competition for Representation / Edition 1

by Susan Frye
 

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ISBN-10: 0195113837

ISBN-13: 9780195113839

Pub. Date: 12/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Competition for Representation emphasizes Elizabeth's self-creation and the process of contestation that this construction necessitated. It differs significantly from the wealth of material available on Elizabeth because instead of assuming either that Elizabeth was in full control of how she was represented or that she was controlled by the special-interest group

Overview

The Competition for Representation emphasizes Elizabeth's self-creation and the process of contestation that this construction necessitated. It differs significantly from the wealth of material available on Elizabeth because instead of assuming either that Elizabeth was in full control of how she was represented or that she was controlled by the special-interest group surrounding her, my focus is the very issue of her agency. That is, I concentrate on Elizabeth's actions and words (as nearly as they can be determined) in order to ascertain the conscious and unconscious strategies through which she worked to created an identity beyond accepted gender definitions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195113839
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1640L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Who Represents Elizabeth?3
1.Engendered Economics: Elizabeth I's Coronation Entry (1559)22
Queen Mary as Pre-text26
Sponsors, Authors, and Meaning in the Entries of Elizabeth and James30
Allegory, Instability, and Material Practice33
Elizabeth's Early Self-representation36
The Sexual Economy of the Passage40
Truth, the Daughter of the Signifier43
Profits and Representations48
2.Engendering Policy at Kenilworth (1575)56
Ambition and Policy57
Kenilworth's Two Texts61
The Terms of the Visit65
A Proposal of Marriage70
Elizabeth's Imprisonment72
A "Military Skirmish" and Questions of Policy in the Netherlands78
"By soveraigne maidens might"86
Elizabeth, Dudley, and the Competition for Representation92
3.Engendered Violence: Elizabeth, Spenser, and the Definitions of Chastity (1590)97
Turning Sixty in the 1590s98
The Queen's Presence104
Elizabeth's Later Strategies of Self-representation107
Spenser and the Definitions of Chastity114
Love, Magic, and the Female Audience120
The Topography of Threat and Rape124
"So cruelly to pen": Denying Rape and Having It, Too128
Spenser and Busirane132
Captivity: Essex and the Queen135
Captivity: Sidney, Spenser, and the Queen139
Epilogue: Reading Elizabeth Reading144
Notes149
Selected Bibliography195
Index217

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