Readings in Renaissance Women's Drama is the first significant collection of critical and historical essays on women's essential contributions to the Renaissance stage. It revives the faded Renaissance woman dramatist from obscurity, and brings together important
essays on the topic by such notables as Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot. Focusing on issues from the contemporary critical reaction to women's drama and the authorship and performance histories of the plays to the longstanding and persistent neglect of successful plays by Renaissance women
in the literary canon, this collection promises to rewrite our understandings of the Renaissance and of the history of drama.
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Table of Contents
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
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
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
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
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
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
1. Carole Levin--'We princes, I tell you, are set on stages': Elizabeth I and Dramatic Self-Representation
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
4. Margaret Hannay--'Patronesse of the Muses'
5. Tina Krontiris--Elizabeth
Cary: Idealizing and Victimizing the Transgressor
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
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'
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
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)