Subject of Elizabeth: Authority, Gender and Representation

Subject of Elizabeth: Authority, Gender and Representation

by Louis Montrose
     
 

As a woman wielding public authority, Elizabeth I embodied a paradox at the very center of sixteenth-century patriarchal English society. Louis Montrose’s long-awaited book, The Subject of Elizabeth, illuminates the ways in which the Queen and her subjects variously exploited or obfuscated this contradiction.

Montrose offers a masterful account

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Overview

As a woman wielding public authority, Elizabeth I embodied a paradox at the very center of sixteenth-century patriarchal English society. Louis Montrose’s long-awaited book, The Subject of Elizabeth, illuminates the ways in which the Queen and her subjects variously exploited or obfuscated this contradiction.

Montrose offers a masterful account of the texts, pictures, and performances in which the Queen was represented to her people, to her court, to foreign powers, and to Elizabeth herself. Retrieving this “Elizabethan imaginary” in all its richness and fascination, Montrose presents a sweeping new account of Elizabethan political culture.  Along the way, he explores the representation of Elizabeth within the traditions of Tudor dynastic portraiture; explains the symbolic manipulation of Elizabeth’s body by both supporters and enemies of her regime; and considers how Elizabeth’s advancing age provided new occasions for misogynistic subversions of her royal charisma.  

This book, the remarkable product of two decades of study by one of our most respected Renaissance scholars, will be welcomed by all historians, literary scholars, and art historians of the period.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226534732
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : foundations and trajectories1
1Contested legitimacies11
2Filial emulation20
3The Tudor sisterhood41
4The Protestant succession57
5Imagery, policy, and belief73
6Iconomachy80
7Instrumental adoration90
8A cult of Elizabeth?104
9The geopolitical imaginary119
10Policy in pictures132
11Purity and danger144
12Vox Populi167
13Defacing the queen176
14Secrets of the heart186
15A queen of shadows215
16Mysteries of state229
17Through the looking glass241
Epilogue : the Jacobean phoenix249

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