English Women, Religion, and Textual Production, 1500–1625

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Dr Micheline White
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., May 28, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 266 pages

Contributing to the growing interest in early modern women and religion, this essay collection advances scholarship by introducing readers to recently recovered or little-studied texts and by offering new paradigms for the analysis of women's religious literary activities. Contributors underscore the fact that women had complex, multi-dimensional relationships to the religio-political order, acting as activists for specific causes but also departing from confessional norms in creative ways and engaging in intra-as well as extra-confessional conflict. The volume thus includes essays that reflect on the complex dynamics of religious culture itself and that illuminate the importance of women's engagement with Catholicism throughout the period. The collection also highlights the vitality of neglected intertextual genres such as prayers, meditations, and translations, and it focuses attention on diverse forms of textual production such as literary writing, patronage, epistolary exchanges, public reading, and epitaphs. Collectively, English Women, Religion, and Textual Production, 1500-1625 offers a comprehensive treatment of the historical, literary, and methodological issues preoccupying scholars of women and religious writing.


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Women Religious Communities Prose Genres and Textual Production
Women and Religious Communities
Living Stones Lady Elizabeth Russell and the Art of Sacred Conversation
Theise dearest offrings of my heart The Sacrifice of Praise in Mary Sidney Herbert Countess of Pembrokes Psalmes
Anne Dacre Howard Countess of Arundel and Catholic Patronage
EnsigneBearers of Saint Clare Elizabeth Evelinges Early Translations and the Restoration of English Franciscanism
Lady Anne Clifford and the Uses of Christian Warfare
Reading Intertextual Prose Genres
Prospecting for Common Ground in Devotion Queen Katherine Parrs Personal Prayer Book
Halff a Scrypture Woman Heteroglossia and Female Authorial Agency in Prayers by Lady Elizabeth Tyrwhit Anne Lock and Anne Wheathill
Authority Scripture and Typography in Lady Grace Mildmays Manuscript Meditations
Lady Margaret Beauforts Translations as Mirrors of Practical Piety
Nether bitterly nor brablingly Lady Anne Cooke Bacons Translation of Bishop Jewels Apologia Ecclesiae Anglicanae

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Micheline White is Associate Professor of English Literature at Carleton University, Canada. She is the editor of Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550–1700: Volume 3: Anne Lock, Isabella Whitney and Aemilia Lanyer (2009), and has published articles on Tudor women and religious writing.

Micheline White,Patricia Phillippy, Mary Trull, Susannah Brietz Monta, Jaime Goodrich, Julie Crawford, Janel Mueller, Susan M. Felch, Kate Narveson, Brenda M. Hosington, Patricia Demers.

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