Early Modern Cultural Studies

Debating Gender in Early Modern England, 1500–1700

Editors: Malcolmson, C., Suzuki, M. (Eds.)

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This book explores the construction of gender ideology in early modern England through an analysis of the querelle des femmes - the debate about the relationship between the sexes that originated on the continent during the middle ages and the Renaissance and developed in England into the Swetnam controversy, which revolved around the publication of Joseph Swetnam's The arraignment of lewd, forward, and inconstant women and the pamphlets which responded to its misogynist attacks. The volume contextualizes the debate in terms of its continental antecedents and elite manuscript circulation in England, then moves to consider popular culture and printed texts from the Jacobean debate and its effects on women's writing and the developing discourse on gender, and concludes with an examination of the ramifications of the debate during the Civil War and Restoration. Essays focus attention on the implications of the gender debate for women writers and their literary relations, cultural ideology and the family, and political discourse and ideas of nationhood.

About the authors

CHRISTINA MALCOLMSON is Associate Professor of English and former Chair of Women's Studies at Bates College. Her previous books include Heart-Work: George Herbert and the Protestant Ethic and Longman Critical Readers: Renaissance Poetry.

MIHOKO SUZUKI is Associate Professor of English and former Director of Women's Studies at the University of Miami. She is the author of Metamorphoses of Helen: Authority, Difference, and the Epic and editor of Critical Essays on Edmund Spenser.

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"...this volume establishes a threshold of excellence that will become the ideal for later scholarship to emulate." - A.C. Labriola, Choice

"This is a rich and unusual collection of essays. The book differs strikingly from most collections of essays because it not only studies past debates focused on questions of gender but also stages - in an intelligent, well-controlled, but refreshingly sharp way - a modern critical activity of debating gender. The editors introduction is superb, as are their strategies for organizing this set of highly original and cogently-argued essays." - Margaret Ferguson, University of California at Davis


Table of contents (1 chapters)

  • Crossed-Dressed Women and Natural Mothers: “Boundary Panic” in Hic Mulier

    Rachel Trubowitz

    Pages 185-206

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Debating Gender in Early Modern England, 1500–1700
Editors
  • C. Malcolmson
  • M. Suzuki
Series Title
Early Modern Cultural Studies
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Cristina Malcolmson and Mihoko Suzuki
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10754-0
DOI
10.1057/9780230107540
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-29457-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-38777-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 265
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