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Genre and Women's Life Writing in Early Modern England
     

Genre and Women's Life Writing in Early Modern England

by Michelle M. Dowd, Julie A. Eckerle
 

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By taking account of the ways in which early modern women made use of formal and generic structures to constitute themselves in writing, the essays collected here interrogate the discursive contours of gendered identity in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. The contributors explore how generic choice, mixture, and revision influence narrative constructions of

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By taking account of the ways in which early modern women made use of formal and generic structures to constitute themselves in writing, the essays collected here interrogate the discursive contours of gendered identity in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. The contributors explore how generic choice, mixture, and revision influence narrative constructions of the female self in early modern England. Collectively they situate women's life writings within the broader textual culture of early modern England while maintaining a focus on the particular rhetorical devices and narrative structures that comprise individual texts. Reconsidering women's life writing in light of recent critical trends-most notably historical formalism-this volume produces both new readings of early modern texts (such as Margaret Cavendish's autobiography and the diary of Anne Clifford) and a new understanding of the complex relationships between literary forms and early modern women's 'selves'. This volume engages with new critical methods to make innovative connections between canonical and non-canonical writing; in so doing, it helps to shape the future of scholarship on early modern women.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781317129363
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/15/2016
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
195
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Michelle M. Dowd is Assistant Professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, USA. Julie A. Eckerle is Assistant Professor of English, University of Minnesota, Morris, USA

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