All of the essays in this volume capture the body in a particular attitude: in distress, vulnerability, pain, pleasure, labor, health, reproduction, or preparation for death. They attend to how the body’s transformations affect the social and political arrangements that surround it. And they show how apprehension of the body – in social and political terms – gives it shape.
Table of Contents
Introduction (Kimberly Anne Coles and Eve Keller); I. Debates and Directions; 1. Ain’t I a Ladie?: Race, Sexuality, and Early Modern Women Writers (Melissa E. Sanchez); 2. Early Modern Bodies that Matter (Mario DiGangi); 3. Regendering the Sublime and the Beautiful: Shakespeare’s Cleopatra and Feminist Formalism (Katherine B. Attié); II. Authorship and Patronage; 4. Women and Literary Production (Stephen Guy-Bray); 5. Ambiguities of Female Authorship and the Accessible Archive (Marcy North); 6. Patterns of Print: Women’s Textual Patronage in the "Early" Early Modern Period (Patricia Pender); 7. Picturing the Agency of Widows: Female Patronage among the Gentry and the Middling Sort of Elizabethan England (Tarnya Cooper); 8. Women’s Labor at the Little Gidding Harmonies (Whitney Trettien); III. The Matter of Reform; 9. "A Witch! Who is not?": Demonic Contagion, Gender, and Class in The Witch of Edmonton (Mary Floyd-Wilson); 10. "A Woman’s Logicke": Puritan Women Writers and the Rejection of Education (Christina Luckyj); 11. Prosopopoeia, Gender, and Religion: The Poetry of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (Rosalind Smith); 12. Dying Offstage: Gender and Martyrdom in 1 Henry VI (Elizabeth Williamson); IV. Bodies of Knowledge; 13. Flesh-Eaters: Gender, Bodies, and Labor in Early Modern Art and Literature (Karen Raber); 14. "Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron": Ingredients, Instructions, and the Early Modern Recipe Book (Gitanjali Shahani and Emily S. Farris); 15. "From a Drudge, to … a Cook": Hidden and Ostentatious Labor in the Early Modern Household (Mary Trull and Rebecca Laroche); 16. "[T]he Monkey duchess all undressed": Simians, Satire, and Women (Holly Dugan); 17. Gender, Knowledge, and the Medical Marketplace: The Case of Margaret Cavendish (Laura L. Knoppers); V. The Place of Production; 18. Counter-Narratives of Survival: Amerindian and African Women in Early Caribbean Literatures (Julie Chun Kim); 19. Constructing White Privilege: Transatlantic Slavery, Reproduction, and the Segregation of the Marriage Plot in the late Seventeenth Century (Valerie Forman)
Kimberly Anne Coles is Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland. She is the author of Religion, Reform, and Women’s Writing in Early Modern England (Cambridge, 2008) and recently co-edited The Cultural Politics of Blood, 1500–1900 (Palgrave, 2015), a collection of essays on race, embodiment, and humoral theory. She has published articles on the topics of women’s writing, gender, medical theory, and religion and race (and their intersection). Her current book project deals with the medical and philosophical context that makes moral constitution a heritable feature of the blood. She is co-editing the Bloomsbury Cultural History of Race in the Renaissance and Early Modern Age (1350–1550), and finishing a book project tentatively titled, "Bad Humour: Race, Religion, and the Constitution of Wrong Belief in Early Modern England."
Eve Keller is Professor of English at Fordham University. She is the author of Generating Bodies and Gendered Selves: The Rhetoric of Reproduction in Early-Modern England (University of Washington Press, 2007) and co-author of Two Rings (PublicAffairs, 2012), which has been published in seven languages. Past president of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, she is currently President of the Fordham University Faculty Senate and Director of the Honors Program at Fordham College at Rose Hill.