Women, Violence, and English Renaissance Literature: Essays Honoring Paul Jorgensen

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Ten essays on women as objects of male violence look at women sexually assaulted, kidnapped, murdered, and threatened with serious violence; violence and the interior subjectivity of women; and violence toward women in Shakespeare's Othello. Four more discuss violence committed by women. Together they reflect the extent to which the Renaissance gendered violence mainly as male and its victims mainly as female. The contributors are scholars of literature—one Canadian and one Japanese but the other in the US. ...
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Ten essays on women as objects of male violence look at women sexually assaulted, kidnapped, murdered, and threatened with serious violence; violence and the interior subjectivity of women; and violence toward women in Shakespeare's Othello. Four more discuss violence committed by women. Together they reflect the extent to which the Renaissance gendered violence mainly as male and its victims mainly as female. The contributors are scholars of literature—one Canadian and one Japanese but the other in the US. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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  • ISBN-13: 9780866982993
  • Publisher: Arizona State University, Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Pages: 446

Table of Contents

Introduction
Representing Lavinia: The (In)significance of Women's Consent in Legal Discourses of Rape and Ravishment and Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus 1
Rape and Redemption in The Spanish Gypsy 29
Lewd but Familiar Eyes: The Narrative Tradition of Rape and Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece 51
The First Captive: The Kidnapping of Pocahontas 73
Rape, Female Desire, and Sexual Revulsion in John Fletcher's Plays 101
Female Selfhood and Male Violence in English Renaissance Drama: A View from Mary Wroth's Urania 125
Invasive Procedures in Webster's The Duchess of Malfi 149
The "Erring Barbarian" and the "Maiden Never Bold": Racist and Sexist Representations in Othello 189
"Too Much Violence": Murdering Wives in Othello 217
"Let it Be Hid": The Pornographic Aesthetic of Shakespeare's Othello 243
"Women are Wordes, Men are Deedes": Female Duelists in the Drama 271
"You make me feel like (un)natural woman": Reconsidering Murderous Mothers in English Renaissance Drama 303
Blood in the Kitchen: Violence and Early Modern Domestic Work 329
"A Woman Dipped in Blood": The Violent Femmes of The Maid's Tragedy and The Changeling 361
Afterword 379
Bibliography 385
Index 419
Notes on Contributors 443
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