Elizabeth I: The Competition for Representation / Edition 1

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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.
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Stephen Orgel
An exciting and original book, a richly detailed discussion of the way the queen constructed her image and deployed her authority.... It is primarily informed by a concern with biography and the intricacies of history. It offers the reader a continual sense of discovery.
— Steven Orgel, Stanford University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195113839
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Who Represents Elizabeth? 3
1 Engendered Economics: Elizabeth I's Coronation Entry 1559 22
Queen Mary as Pretext 26
Sponsors, Authors, and Meaning in the Entries of Elizabeth and James 30
Allegory, Instability, and Material Practice 33
Elizabeth's Early Self-representation 36
The Sexual Economy of the Passage 40
Truth, the Daughter of the Signifier 43
Profits and Representations 48
2 Engendering Policy at Kenilworth 1575 56
Ambition and Policy 57
Kenilworth's Two Texts 61
The Terms of the Visit 65
A Proposal of Marriage 70
Elizabeth's Imprisonment 72
A "Military Skirmish" and Questions of Policy in the Netherlands 78
"By soveraigne maidens might" 86
Elizabeth, Dudley, and the Competition for Representation 92
3 Engendered Violence: Elizabeth, Spenser, and the Definitions of Chastity 1590 97
Turning Sixty in the 1590s 98
The Queen's Presence 104
Elizabeth's Later Strategies of Self-representation 107
Spenser and the Definitions of Chastity 114
Love, Magic, and the Female Audience 120
The Topography of Threat and Rape 124
"So cruelly to pen": Denying Rape and Having It, Too 128
Spenser and Busirane 132
Captivity: Essex and the Queen 135
Captivity: Sidney, Spenser, and the Queen 139
Epilogue: Reading Elizabeth Reading 144
Notes 149
Selected Bibliography 195
Index 217
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