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EN6010 PresentationWomen and their Texts in Early Modern England Megan Ryan 107532695 22 March 2012
Thus when shee had his eyes and sences fedWith false delights, and fild with plesaures vayn,Into a shady dale she soft him led,And laid him downe vpon a grassy playn;And her sweete self without dread, or disdayn,She sett beside, laying his head disarmdIn her loose lap, it softly to sustayn,Where soone he slumbred, fearing not be harmd,The whils with a loue lay thus him sweetly charmd. (FQ II.vi.14)
Acrasia, a false enchauntresse, [. . .] Within a wandring Island,[. . .] her dwelling is;[. . .] Lnow it by the name; it hight the Bowre of blis.Her blis is all in pleasure and delight,Wherewith she makes her louers dronken mad,And then with words and weedes of wondrous might,On them she workes her will to vses bad (FQ II.i.51-2)
The Tragedy of Mariam MARIAM. They can but my life destroy, My soul is free from adversary‟s power.
Swetnam & Speght“they are vngratefull, periured, full of fraud, flouting and deceit, vnconstant, waspish, toyish, lig ht, sullen, proud, discurteous and cruell” (Swetnam)“And neuer man hated his owne flesh (which the woman is) vnlesse a monster in nature.” (Speght)
Shakespeare‟s King JohnBLANCHE. Which is the side I must go withal? I am with both, each army hath a hand, And in their rage, I having hold of both, They whirl asunder and dismember me [. . .] Whoever wins, on that side shall I lose, Assured loss before the match be played. (3.1.253- 62)
Katherine Philips“We court our own captivity,Than thrones more great and innocent;„Twere banishment to be set free,Since we wear fetters whose intentNot bondage is, but ornament.”
Thesis ProposalsCary‟s Mariam and genderrepresentations ↓Female authored texts, methods ofdissemination, and reception ↓Cary‟s Mariam, closet drama, andgender representations
“I know I have but the body of a weak andfeeble woman; but I have the heart of a king”
Selected Primary Sources• Cary, E. The Tragedy of Mariam. 1613.• Philips, K. Poems. 1678• Shakespeare, W. King John. 1623.• Speght, R. A Mouzell for Melastomus. 1616.• Spenser, E. The Faerie Queene. 1596• Swetnam, J. The Arraignment of Women. 1615.
Selected Secondary Sources• Clarke, D. The Politics of Early Modern Women’s Writing. Harlow: Longman, 2001.• Ferguson, M. First Feminists. Indiana: Indiana UP, 1985.• Fisher, S. and Janet Halley. Seeking the Woman in Late Medieval and Renaissance Writings. Tennessee: U of Tennessee P, 1989.• Fitzmaurice, J. Major Women Writers of Seventeenth-Century England. Michigan: U of Michigan P, 1997.• Richards, J. and Alison Thorne. Rhetoric, Women, and Politics in Early Modern England. London: Routledge, 2007.• Smith, B. and Ursula Appelt. Write or Be Written. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001.• Travitsky, B. The Paradise of Women. Connecticut: Greenwood, 1981.• Travitsky, B. and Anne Lake Prescott. Female and Male Voices in Early Modern England. New York: Columbia UP, 2000.