Readings in Renaissance Women's Drama: Criticism, History, and Performance, 1594-1998

Readings in Renaissance Women's Drama: Criticism, History, and Performance, 1594-1998

by S. P. Cerasano
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415164427

ISBN-13: 9780415164429

Pub. Date: 11/28/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Readings in Renaissance Women's Drama is the most complete sourcebook for the study of this growing area of inquiry. It brings together, for the first time, a collection of the key critical commentaries and historical essays - both classic and contemporary - on Renaissance women's drama. Specifically designed to provide a comprehensive overview for students,

Overview

Readings in Renaissance Women's Drama is the most complete sourcebook for the study of this growing area of inquiry. It brings together, for the first time, a collection of the key critical commentaries and historical essays - both classic and contemporary - on Renaissance women's drama. Specifically designed to provide a comprehensive overview for students, teachers and scholars, this collection combines:

• this century's key critical essays on drama by early modern women by early critics such as Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot

• specially-commissioned new essays by some of today's important feminist critics

• a preface and introduction explaining this selection and contexts of the materials

• a bibliography of secondary sources Playwrights covered include Joanna Lumley, Elizabeth Cary, Mary Sidney, Mary Wroth and the Cavendish sisters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415164429
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.14(d)
Lexile:
1550L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction

EARLY COMMENTARIES

1.Mary Sidney is Praised to Elizabeth I

2.Samuel Daniel to Mary Sidney

3.John Davies of Hereford Commends Mary Sidney and Elizabeth Cary

4.William Sheares to Elizabeth

Cary

5.Jonson and Wroth

6.Elizabeth Cary's Biography

7.Celebrating Several Ladies

8.The Cavalier's Lady and her Plays

9.The First Scholarly Edition of Mary Sidney's Antonie

10.Lumley's Play First

Published

11.The First Modern Edition of Mariam

12.Early Critical Recognition of Elizabeth Cary and Margaret Cavendish

13.Woolf on Margaret Cavendish

14.T.S. Eliot on Senecan Drama

15.Virginia Woolf on 'Judith

Shakespeare'

16.The First Edition of The Concealed Fancies

17.Cary and 'A Woman's Duty'

18.Mary Sidney: Philip's Sister

CONTEXTS AND ISSUES

1. Nancy Cotton--Women Playwrights in England: Renaissance Noblewomen

2. David

M. Bergeron--Women as Patrons of English Renaissance Drama

3. S.P. Cerasano--Women as Theatrical Investors: Three Shareholders and the Second Fortune Playhouse

4. Leeds Barroll--The Arts at the English Court of Anna of Denmark

5.Marion

Wynne-Davies--'My Sealed Chamber and Dark Parlour Room': the English Country House and Renaissance Women Dramatists

6. Gweno Williams--'Why may not a Lady write a good Play': plays by early modern women reassessed as performance texts

7. Jean E.

Howard--Women as Spectators, Spectacles, and Paying Customers

EARLY MODERN WOMEN DRAMATISTS

ELIZABETH I

1. Carole Levin--'We princes, I tell you, are set on stages': Elizabeth I and Dramatic Self-Representation

JOANNA LUMLEY

2. Elaine V.

Beilin--Joanna Lumley (1537?-1576/1577)

3. Stephanie Hodgson-Wright--Joanna Lumley's Iphigenia at Aulis: multum in parvo, or, less is more

MARY SIDNEY

4. Margaret Hannay--'Patronesse of the Muses'

5. Tina Krontiris--Elizabeth

Cary: Idealizing and Victimizing the Transgressor

ELIZABETH CARY

6. Elaine V. Beilin--Elizabeth Cary (1585-1639)

7. Margaret W. Ferguson--The Spectre of Resistance: 'The Tragedy of Mariam' (1613)

8. Barbara K. Lewalski--Resisting

Tyrants: Elizabeth Cary's Tragedy and History

MARY WROTH

9. Margaret Anne McClaren--An Unknown Continent: Lady Mary Wroth's Forgotten Pastoral Drama, 'Love's Victorie'

10. Gary Waller--'Like One in a Gay Masque': the Sidney Cousins in the Theaters of

Court and Country

JANE CAVENDISH AND ELIZABETH BRACKLEY

11. Margaret J.M. Ezell--'To Be Your Daughters in Your Pen': The Social Functions of Literature in the Writings of Lady Elizabeth Brackley and Lady Jane Cavendish

12. Alison Findlay--'She gave

you the civility of the house': Household Performance in 'The Concealed Fancies'

MARGARET CAVENDISH

13. Sophie Tomlinson--'My Brain the Stage': Margaret Cavendish and the Fantasy of Female Performance

14. Julie Sanders--'A Women Write a Play!':

Jonsonian Strategies and the dramatic writings of Margaret Cavendish; or, did the Duchess Feel the Anxiety of Influence

Notes on Contributors

Bibliography

only inform undergraduates and specialists but also provide them with models of interpretation and style. Both this volume and its companion anthology belong in all libraries supporting an English major (Choice - July/August '99)

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