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Female and Male Voices in Early Modern England: An Anthology of Renaissance Writing written by Betty Travitsky

 

Female and Male Voices in Early Modern England: An Anthology of Renaissance Writing written by Betty Travitsky

Overview:

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.

Synopsis:

A new anthology of Renaissance writing, which equally represents men and women authors, designed to encourage students to be more aware of gender as a significant category of thought and perception.

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This collection on early modern English writing by men and women encourages students to be more aware of gender as a significant category of thought and perception. Selections are grouped so as to show authors of both sexes writing in the same generic tradition or dealing with similar topics. The collection brings the voices of English Marrano women into print for the first time, and the Miltonic poetry of Jane Lead into print for the first time since the 17th century. It also includes unconventional voices, as in the homoerotic poems by Richard Barnfield and the possibly lesbian poems by Katherine Philips. Travitsky is archivist at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. Prescott teaches English at Barnard College. The volume is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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