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Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500–1700

Violence, Politics, and Gender in Early Modern England

Editors: Ward, J. (Ed.)

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This book engages in an interdisciplinary study of the establishment and entrenchment of gender roles in early modern England.  Drawing upon the methods and sources of literary criticism and social history, this edited volume shows how politics at both the elite and plebeian levels of society involved violence that either resulted from or expressed hostility toward the early modern gender system. Contributors take fresh approaches to prominent works by Shakespeare, Middleton, and Behn as well as discuss lesser known texts and events such as the execution of female heretics in Reformation Norwich and the punishment of prostitutes in seventeenth-century London to draw new conclusions about gender in early modern England.

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Joseph P. Ward is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History of the University of Mississippi, USA.

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"This timely collection of essays by a range of literary and cultural historians deftly explores the multivalent and sometimes conflictive uses of violence in early modern England - a period for which violence was a natural but by no means a transparent form of social expression. Early modern violence spoke volumes but the particular story any one act of violence might tell depended on its various agents, participants, and audience living the historical moment. One ringing refrain of this volume, however, is that violence more often than not told the story of 'the tenuous nature of patriarchal authority in early modern England.'" - Patricia Fumerton, Professor and Director, English Broadside Ballad Archive, Department of English, University of California-Santa Barbara


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-13

    Levin, Carole (et al.)

  • Apprentice Riots in Early Modern London

    Pages 17-39

    Seaver, Paul S.

  • “But She Woulde Not Consent”: Women’s Narratives of Sexual Assault and Compulsion in Early Modern London

    Pages 41-65

    Varholy, Cristine M.

  • “Writing Rape, Raping Rites”: Shakespeare’s and Middleton’s Lucrece Poems

    Pages 67-89

    Daileader, Celia R.

  • Eve as Thanatrix: Sabbatarianism and the Republican Politics of Death and Resurrection in Lucy Hutchinson’s Order and Disorder

    Pages 91-121

    Gillespie, Katharine

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Violence, Politics, and Gender in Early Modern England
Editors
  • J. Ward
Series Title
Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500–1700
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-61701-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230617018
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-60980-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-37623-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 264
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