Colonial Women: Race and Culture in Stuart Drama

Hardcover | September 15, 2001

byHeidi Hutner

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Colonial Women examines the women-as-land metaphor in English colonial dramatic literature of the seventeenth century, and looks closely at the myths of two historical native female figures--Pocahontas of Virginia and Malinche of Mexico--to demonstrate how these two stories are crucial toconstructions of gender, race, and English nationhood in the drama and culture of the period. Heidi Hutner's interpretations of the figure of the native woman in the plays of Shakespeare, Fletcher, Davenant, Dryden, and Behn reveal how the English patriarchal culture of the seventeenth century defined itself through representations of native women and European women who have "gone native."These playwrights use the figure of the native woman as a symbolic means to stabilize the turbulent sociopolitical and religious conflicts in Restoration England under the inclusive ideology of expansion and profit. Colonial Women uncovers the significance of the repeated dramatic spectacle of thenative women falling for her European seducer and exploiter, and demonstrates that this image of seduction is motivated by an anxiety-laden movement to reinforce patriarchal authority in seventeenth-century England.

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Colonial Women examines the women-as-land metaphor in English colonial dramatic literature of the seventeenth century, and looks closely at the myths of two historical native female figures--Pocahontas of Virginia and Malinche of Mexico--to demonstrate how these two stories are crucial toconstructions of gender, race, and English natio...

Heidi Hutner is at SUNY at Stony Brook, NY.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:152 pages, 6.1 × 8.9 × 0.79 inPublished:September 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195141881

ISBN - 13:9780195141887

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"[Hutner] provides suggestive readings of various Tempest adaptations [and] adds new insights into that increasingly significant text [The Widow Ranter].... Hutner's sometimes passionate, often informed readings point the way toward the necessary rereading of seventeenth- (and eighteenth-)century plays in order to decode the contemporary reading of colonial America."--Early American Literature