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.