Constructing Public Opinion: How Political Elites Do what They Like and why We Seem to Go Along with it

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Columbia University Press, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 250 pages
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Most anthologies of Renaissance writing include only (or predominantly) male writers, whereas those that focus on women include women exclusively. This book is the first to survey both in an integrated fashion. Its texts comprise a wide range of canonical and non-canonical writing -- including some new and important discoveries. The texts are arranged so that writing by women and men is presented together, not in a "point-counterpoint" system that would "square off" female and male writers against one another, but rather in pairs, sometimes clusters, of texts in which women's writing is foregrounded even as it appears with writing by men.

The anthology arranges recently recovered texts into intriguing patterns, juxtaposing, for example, Aemelia Lanyer's country house poem with an expression of a different type of nostalgia by Surrey. It includes unconventional voices, as in the homoerotic poems by Richard Barnfield or the possibly lesbian poems by Katherine Philips. It makes newly available the voices of English Marrano women (secret Jews) and the Miltonic poetry of Jean Lead.

-- D. Aldrich-Watson, University of Missouri - St. Louis

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Irwin Epstein has held research positions at Mobilization for Youth and the Institute of labor and Industrial Realtions at the University of Michigan, where he is currently professor of social work. Together with Dr. Tripodi and Dr. P. Fellin, he coauthored Social Program Evaluation and Social Workers at Work.Tony Tripodi is professor of social work at the university of Michigan and is a member of the Editorial Board of Evaluation and Program Planning. He is the author of Uses and Abuses of Social Research.

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