Aemilia Lanyer: Gender, Genre, and the Canon available in Paperback
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- University Press of Kentucky
Using standard genres to address distinctly feminine concerns, Lanyer's work is varied, subtle, provocative, and witty. Her religious poem "Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum" repeatedly projects a female subject for a female reader and casts the Passion in terms of gender conflict. Lanyer also carried this concern with gender into the very structure of the poem; whereas a work of praise usually held up the superiority of its patrons, the good women in Lanyer's poem exemplify worth women in general.
The essays in this volume establish the facts of Lanyer's life and use her poetry to interrogate that of her male contemporaries, Donne, Jonson, and Shakespeare. Lanyer's work sheds light on views of gender and class identities in early modern society. By using Lanyer to look at the larger issues of women writers working within a patriarchal system, the authors go beyond the explication of Lanyer's writing to address the dynamics of canonization and the construction of literary history.
About the Author
Table of ContentsIntroduction
A. L. Rowse's Dark Lady
Looking for Patrons
Seizing Discourses and Reinventing Genres
Sacred Celebration: The Patronage Poems
Vocation and Authority: Born to Write
The Feminist Poetics of Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum
The Gendering of Genre: Literary History and the Canon
(M)other Tongues: Maternity and Subjectivity
The Love of Other Women: Rich Chains and Sweet Kisses
The Gospel According to Aemilia: Women and the Sacred
Pardon... though I have digrest: Digression as Style in "Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum"
Annotated Bibliography: Texts and Criticism of Aemilia Bassano Lanyer