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By Diane Purkiss, Clare Brant

The shared objective of those very important new severe interventions into the early sleek interval is to make clean feminist makes an attempt to discover the writings of Elizabethan and Jacobean girls. topic to silence, censorship and manipulation within the phrases of overriding political issues of the day, the feminist historical past of the early sleek interval continues to be a mostly unwritten tale. New feminist research can disclose the stipulations of construction within which the historical past of the interval used to be built: this revealing assortment thereby exposes the untold tales which underpin the respectable texts. through starting to discover this era from women's standpoint, "Women, Texts and Histories" exhibits the the most important and engaging ways that women's writing may perhaps undermine some of the obtained assumptions on which the heritage of the interval has depended. This e-book can be of curiosity to scholars and academics in English literature, heritage and women's reviews.

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76–7. 38 Samuel Daniel, The Complete Works in Verse and Prose, ed. Grosart, London, Spenser Society, 1885, vol. i, p. 124. 39 Juan Lodovicus Vives, The Office and duetie of an husband, trans. Thomas Paynell, 1550, sigs U4R-X4R. Jed, Chaste Thinking: The Rape of Lucretia and the Birth of Humanism, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1989. 40 Daniel, Works, vol. i, p. 85. , vol. i, p. 83. In interpreting this text, Kerrigan makes the classic move of translating Daniel’s attribution of agency to the ‘beauty’ of Delia and Rosamond into a form of guilt: ‘In Delia, Daniel had shown chastity at two extremes: coldly unyielding in his mistress’s case; all too weak in Rosamond’s’ (p.

1573). J. finds his ‘gazing eyes’ drawn to admire not his lady’s features but the mind of his rival, delineated in a witty rebuff to his conceited exposition of desire. ’s extempore compositions. Minds, of course, cannot gaze admiringly at one another across a vacuum; they require a discursive WHY THE LADY’S EYES ARE NOTHING LIKE THE SUN 25 medium in which to disclose their loveliness. For this purpose, the most common analogical proof of a man’s cognitive virtue comes to be the epideixis of the female body.

I, p. 85. , vol. i, p. 83. In interpreting this text, Kerrigan makes the classic move of translating Daniel’s attribution of agency to the ‘beauty’ of Delia and Rosamond into a form of guilt: ‘In Delia, Daniel had shown chastity at two extremes: coldly unyielding in his mistress’s case; all too weak in Rosamond’s’ (p. 17). It is difficult to imagine what kind of conduct could be defined as ‘chaste’ on these terms! 42 Lewalski, p. 214. 43 Kahn, p. ’ 38 2 ‘YET TELL ME SOME SUCH FICTION’: LADY MARY WROTH’S URANIA AND THE ‘FEMININITY’ OF ROMANCE Helen Hackett In late sixteenth-and early seventeenth-century England, it seems to have been thought that romances were mainly read by women.

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