Subjectivity and Women's Poetry in Early Modern England: Why on the Ridge Should She Desire to Go?, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Subjectivity and Women's Poetry in Early Modern England

Why on the Ridge Should She Desire to Go?, 1st Edition

By Lynnette McGrath


306 pages

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pub: 2019-01-16
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This title was first published in 2002: Combining the approaches of historic scholarship and post-structural, feminist psychoanalytic theory to late 16th- and early 17th-century poetry by women, this book aims to make a unique contribution to the field of the study of early modern women's writings. One of the first to concentrate exclusively on early modern women's poetry, the full-length critical study to applies post-Lacanian French psychoanalytic theory to the genre. The strength of this study is that it merges analysis of socio-political constructions affecting early modern women poets writing in England with the psychoanalytic insights, specific to women as subjects, of post-Lacanian theorists Luce Irigaray, Helen Cixous, Julia Kristeva, and Rosi Braidotti.

Table of Contents

The Subject in the Margin: Women and Poetry in Early Modern England; The Flesh: The Other Body: Women's Physical Images; The Word: The Secret Pleasures: Women's Literacy and Learning; Isabella Whitney: The Printed subject: Print, Power and Abjection in The Copy of a Letter and A Sweet Nosgay; Elizabeth Cary: The Nomadic Subject: Space and Mobility in the Life and Mariam; Aemilia Lanyer: The Feminist subject: Idealization and Subversive metaphor in Salve deus rex Judaeorum.

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