Feminist Readings of Early Modern Culture: Emerging Subjects

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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 analysing a wide spectrum of cultural concerns - humanism, technology, science, law, anatomy, literacy, domesticity, colonialism, erotic practices, and the theatre - in order to delineate the history of subjectivity and its relationship with the postmodern fragmented subject. The scope of this analysis expands the terrain explored by feminist theory, while its feminist focus reveals that the subject is always gendered - although the terms in which gender is conceived and represented change across history. Feminist Readings of Early Modern Culture not only explores the representation of gendered subjects, but in its commitment to balancing the productive tensions of methodological diversity, also speaks to contemporary challenges facing feminism.
 

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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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