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Queenship and Power

The Face of Queenship

Early Modern Representations of Elizabeth I

Authors: Riehl, A.

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The Face of Queenship investigates the aesthetic, political, and gender-related meanings in representations of Elizabeth I by her contemporaries. By attending to eyewitness reports, poetry, portraiture, and discourses on beauty and cosmetics, this book shows how the portrayals of the queen s face register her contemporaries hopes, fears, hatreds, mockeries, rivalries, and awe. In its application of theories of the meaning of the face and its exploration of the early modern representation and interpretation of faces, this study argues that the face was seen as a rhetorical tool and that Elizabeth was a master of using her face to persuade, threaten, or comfort her subjects.

About the authors

ANNA RIEHL is an Assistant Professor of English at Auburn University, USA.

Reviews

"Riehl's brilliant and sophisticated book shows that Elizabeth's portraits were as carefully constructed in her time to deal with questions of state policy and personal vanity as Hollywood's image has been for our consumption.This is an original book for scholars of English literature, art, and social history." - Sander L. Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Emory University

"No previous scholar has captured the ambiguity, not just of Elizabeth s self-presentation, but of her very identity in such a compelling way. Previous scholarship skirts an impasse between scholars who see Elizabeth as the intersection of limiting and empowering discourses and others who see her as the apex of all power structures within her realm. Whereas one party sees her as the ultimate object of history, the other sees her as its ultimate subject. For Riehl, Elizabeth is both and neither. The Elizabeth that she brings to us is the perennial focus of historical, literary, and art historical investigations precisely because she resists definitive treatment. In a sense, Riehl suggests that Elizabeth s sheer unknowability is what keeps us all - scholars, casual readers, and cinemagoers - coming back to her." - John Watkins, Professor of English, University of Minnesota

"This luminous and wonderfully inventive study of Elizabeth s face, in all its many legendary and historical metamorphoses - in person and on the page, stage, and canvas - shows that for a monarch, especially a female monarch, the face was the locus where power and personality were constructed and challenged, where beauty was fashioned and eternized, where imperfections were discerned and concealed, where meaning was made and judgments formed, as surely as a smile flashes or a shadow darkens." - Ilona Bell, Samuel Fessenden Clarke Professor of English, Williams College


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Riehl, Anna

    Pages 1-12

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  • Plain Queen, Gorgeous King: Tudor Royal Faces

    Riehl, Anna

    Pages 13-35

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  • “Let Nature Paint your Beauty’s Glory”: Beauty and Cosmetics

    Riehl, Anna

    Pages 37-63

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  • Meeting the Queen: Documentary Accounts

    Riehl, Anna

    Pages 65-90

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  • “Mirrors More Than One”: Elizabeth’s Literary Faces

    Riehl, Anna

    Pages 91-121

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Hardcover 83,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Face of Queenship
Book Subtitle
Early Modern Representations of Elizabeth I
Authors
Series Title
Queenship and Power
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Anna Riehl
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10674-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230106741
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-61495-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 248
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations
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