Feminist Readings of Early Modern Culture: Emerging Subjects

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Frederick G L Huetwell Professor of English and Women's Studies Valerie Traub, Valerie Traub, Callaghan Dympna, M. Lindsay Kaplan, Dympna Callaghan
Cambridge University Press, Oct 10, 1996 - History - 301 pages
How did the events of the early modern period affect the way gender and the self were represented? This collection of essays attempts to respond to this question by analyzing a wide spectrum of cultural concerns--humanism, technology, science, law, anatomy, literacy, domesticity, colonialism, erotic practices, and the theater--in order to delineate the history of subjectivity and its relationship with the postmodern fragmented subject.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Making it new humanism colonialism and the gendered body in early modern culture
16
Gendering mortality in early modern anatomies
44
Woundman Coriolanus gender and the theatrical construction of interiority
93
The world I have made Margaret Cavendish feminism and the BlazingWorld
119
Reading writing and other crimes
142
Culinary spaces colonial spaces the gendering of sugar in the seventeenth century
168
Caliban versus Miranda race and gender conflicts in postcolonial rewritings of The Tempest
191
Rape repetition and the politics of closure in A Midsummer Nights Dream
210
Subjection and subjectivity Jewish law and female autonomy in Reformation English marriage
229
Where there can be no cause of affection redefining virgins their desires and their pleasures in John Lylys Gallathea
253
The terms of gender gay and feminist Edward II
275
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