Genre and Womens Life Writing in Early Modern England Michelle M. Dowd

ISBN: 9780754654261

Published: January 1st 2007

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212 pages


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Genre and Womens Life Writing in Early Modern England  by  Michelle M. Dowd

Genre and Womens Life Writing in Early Modern England by Michelle M. Dowd
January 1st 2007 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 212 pages | ISBN: 9780754654261 | 9.35 Mb

By taking account of the ways in which early modern women made use of formal and generic structures to constitute themselves in writing, the essays collected here interrogate the discursive contours of gendered identity in sixteenth- andMoreBy taking account of the ways in which early modern women made use of formal and generic structures to constitute themselves in writing, the essays collected here interrogate the discursive contours of gendered identity in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England.

The contributors explore how generic choice, mixture, and revision influence narrative constructions of the female self in early modern England. Collectively they situate womens life writings within the broader textual culture of early modern England while maintaining a focus on the particular rhetorical devices and narrative structures that comprise individual texts.

Reconsidering womens life writing in light of recent critical trends - most notably historical formalism - this volume produces both new readings of early modern texts (such as Margaret Cavendishs autobiography and the diary of Anne Clifford) and a new understanding of the complex relationships between literary forms and early modern womens selves. This volume engages with new critical methods to make innovative connections between canonical and non-canonical writing- in so doing, it helps to shape the future of scholarship on early modern women.



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