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Early Modern Literature in History

Early Modern Women's Complaint

Gender, Form, and Politics

Editors: Ross, Sarah, Smith, Rosalind (Eds.)

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  • Aims to identify the ways in which early modern women shaped the mode of complaint as authors, readers, and producers
  • ​Diverse body of writers are studied across the volume: women writers whose texts are included in student-facing anthologies; authors whose works are well-known to scholars of early modern women’s writing; and others who have received comparatively little scholarly attention
  • Essays from emerging and leading scholars in the field of early modern women’s writing
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This collection examines early modern women’s contribution to the culturally central mode of complaint. Complaint has largely been understood as male-authored, yet, as this collection shows, early modern women used complaint across a surprising variety of forms from the early-Tudor period to the late-seventeenth century. They were some of the mode’s first writers, most influential patrons, and most innovative contributors. Together, these new essays illuminate early modern women’s participation in one of the most powerful rhetorical modes in the English Renaissance, one which gave voice to political, religious and erotic protest and loss across a diverse range of texts.
This volume interrogates new texts (closet drama, song, manuscript-based religious and political lyrics), new authors (Dorothy Shirley, Scots satirical writers, Hester Pulter, Mary Rowlandson), and new versions of complaint (biblical, satirical, legal, and vernacular). Its essays pay specific attention to politics, form, and transmission from complaint’s first circulation up to recent digital representations of its texts. Bringing together an international group of experts in early modern women’s writing and in complaint literature more broadly, this collection explores women’s role in the formation of the mode and in doing so reconfigures our understanding of complaint in Renaissance culture and thought. 

About the authors

Sarah C. E. Ross is Associate Professor of English at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is the author of Women, Poetry, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century Britain (2015), the editor, with Paul Salzman, of Editing Early Modern Women (2016), and the editor, with Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, of Women Poets of the English Civil War (2017).

Rosalind Smith is Professor of English at the Australian National University, Australia, and convenor of the Early Modern Women Research Network. Her publications include Sonnets and the English Woman Writer, 1560-1621: The Politics of Absence (2005) and the edited collection (with Patricia Pender) Material Cultures of Early Modern Women’s Writing (2014).


Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Early Modern Women's Complaint
Book Subtitle
Gender, Form, and Politics
Editors
  • Sarah Ross
  • Rosalind Smith
Series Title
Early Modern Literature in History
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-42946-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-42946-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-42945-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 370
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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