Review by Choice Review
Beginning with the observation that feminist criticism of early modern English literature and culture has moved from an emphasis on women's oppression and subjection to a revisionist emphasis on women's agency and participation in Renaissance culture, the 16 established scholars writing for this anthology explore what comes next. Does feminism still have a role to play in early modern studies? What will a postrevisionist feminism look like? The authors discuss a wide range of topics, including postrevisionist feminism's relationship to earlier theory, the cultural legacy of Shakespeare's Ophelia, the depiction of prostitution in city comedy, feminist cultural geography, Aemilia Lanyer's protofeminism as the creation of a market niche, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, Catholicism in Reformation England, the life and scholarship of Frances Yates, and women's participation in the commercial activities connected to the theater. Readers will appreciate and benefit from both the overall theoretical focus on feminism and the many contributions of the individual chapters. The writing is uniformly lucid, and advanced undergraduates will find the collection accessible. Full notes follow each essay, and there is a comprehensive index. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. B. E. Brandt South Dakota State University
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