Sonnets and the English Woman Writer, 1560-1621: The Politics of Absence (Early Modern Literature in History Series)

Sonnets and the English Woman Writer, 1560-1621: The Politics of Absence (Early Modern Literature in History Series)

by R. Smith, Andrew Hadfield, Cedric C. Brown
     
 
This study explores why women in the English Renaissance wrote so few sonnet sequences, in comparison with the traditions of Continental women writers and of English male authors. In this focus on a single genre, Rosalind Smith examines the relationship between gender and genre in the early modern period, and the critical assumptions currently underpinning questions

Overview

This study explores why women in the English Renaissance wrote so few sonnet sequences, in comparison with the traditions of Continental women writers and of English male authors. In this focus on a single genre, Rosalind Smith examines the relationship between gender and genre in the early modern period, and the critical assumptions currently underpinning questions of feminine agency within genre.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

'Smith shows that precedents of published women's writing can be as inhibiting as enabling, and therefore disrupts any smoothly progressive model of women's literary history.' - Times Literary Supplement

'Rosalind Smith has produced a well-organized and effective work, with much to recommend it...The strength of the work lies not only in its clearly defined remit but also in Smith's ability to range effortlessly from close textual analysis to a consideration of the wider context for these works, and to dovetail literary criticism with historical insight.' - Lucinda Becker, Modern Language Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403991225
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
09/27/2005
Series:
Early Modern Literature in History Series
Edition description:
2005
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

Rosalind Smith is Lecturer in English, University of Newcastle, Australia.

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