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Writing, Gender and State in Early Modern England
Identity Formation and the Female Subject

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035217

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  • The period from the Reformation to the English Civil War saw an evolving understanding of social identity in England. This book uses four illuminating case studies to chart a shift from mid-sixteenth-century notions of an individually generated, spiritually motivated self, to civil war perceptions of the self as a site of civil control. Each centers on the work of an early modern woman writer in the act of self-definition and authorization, illustrating the evolving relationships between public and private selves and the increasing role of gender in determining different identities for men and women.

    • The first study to bring together the roles of gender and nationhood in forming early modern notions of identity
    • Provides both large-scale historical developments (theorizing social change over a century) and detailed case studies
    • Case studies centre on four early modern women writers engaged in self-definition in resisting the authority of Church and state
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    "In this insightful and original study, Matchinske (Univ. of North Carolina) considers the significance of gender identity to the relationship of the individual and the state. Faculty, scholars, and upper-division undergraduate students will doubtless find much of interest in this engaging and challenging approach to the significance of women and women's writing in early modern England." Choice

    "Her book makes several important contribution to our dicussions of early modern English culture." Modern Philology vol98/4

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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035217
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.401kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    1. Resistance, Reformation, and the remaining narratives
    2. Framing recusant identity in counter-Reformation England
    3. Legislating morality in the marriage market
    4. Gender formation in English apocalyptic writing
    5. Connections, qualifications, and agendas
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Megan Matchinske, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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