Political Rhetoric, Power, and Renaissance Women / Edition 1 by Carole Levin | 9780791425466 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Political Rhetoric, Power, and Renaissance Women / Edition 1

Political Rhetoric, Power, and Renaissance Women / Edition 1

by Carole Levin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791425460

ISBN-13: 9780791425466

Pub. Date: 08/17/1995

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book deals with women in political power during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, Catherine de Medici, Mary II) and about the gender-based stereotypes that were produced rhetorically about them.

The authors examine the political rhetoric of a number of powerful women of the Renaissance, male responses to this rhetoric,

Overview

This book deals with women in political power during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, Catherine de Medici, Mary II) and about the gender-based stereotypes that were produced rhetorically about them.

The authors examine the political rhetoric of a number of powerful women of the Renaissance, male responses to this rhetoric, drama and fiction by both male and female authors considering women and political context, and how historians—then and now—have evaluated powerful women.

A multi-disciplinary collection, the book includes an essay about Christine de Pizan and her fifteenth-century look at powerful women, an examination of seventeeth-century rhetoricians and how they viewed and reshaped the Renaissance in terms of giving power to women, and examples of English and French women in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The afterword contextualizes these examples and raises questions about modern issues. The book provides a greater understanding of gender and power in the Renaissance as well as insights into the contemporary age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791425466
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/17/1995
Series:
SUNY series in Communication Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
293
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

1. Politics, Women's Voices, and the Renaissance: Questions and Context
Carole Levin and Patricia A. Sullivan

2. Christine de Pizan's Cite des Dames and Tresor de la Cite: Toward a Feminist Scriptural Practice
Daniel Kempton

3. Conflicting Rhetoric about Tudor Women: The Example of Queen Anne Boleyn
Retha Warnicke

4. Elizabeth I—Always Her Own Free Woman
Ilona Bell

5. The Fictional Families of Elizabeth I
Lena Cowen Orlin

6. Dutifully Defending Elizabeth: Lord Henry Howard and the Question of Queenship

Dennis Moore

7. The Blood-Stained Hands of Catherine de Medicis
Elaine Kruse

8. Expert Witnesses and Secret Subjects: Anne Askew's Examinations and Renaissance Self-Incrimination
Elizabeth Mazzola

9. Mary Baynton and Anne Burnell: Madness and Rhetoric in Two Tudor Family Romances
Carole Levin

10. Queenship in Shakespeare's Henry VIII: The Issue of Issue
Jo Eldridge Carney

11. Reform or Rebellion?: The Limits of Female Authority in Elizabeth Cary's The History of the Life, Reign, and Death of Edward II
Gwynne Kennedy

12. Wits, Whigs, and Women: Domestic Politics as Anti-Whig Rhetoric in Aphra Behn's Town Comedies
Arlen Feldwick

13. Queen Mary II: Image and Substance During the Glorious Revolution
W. M. Spellman

14. The Politics of Renaissance Rhetorical Theory by Women
Jane Donawerth

15. Women and Political Communication: From the Margins to the Center
Patricia A. Sullivan and Carole Levin

Notes on Contributors

Index

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