Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens: Womens Alliances in Early Modern England

Paperback | January 1, 1999

EditorSusan Frye, Karen Robertson

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This new collection of sixteen essays considers evidence for the varied forms of women's alliances in early modern England. It shows how women, prohibited from direct participation in the institutional structures that shaped the lives of men, constructed informal connections with other femalesfor purposes of survival, advancement, and creativity. The essays presented here consider a variety of communities--formed among groups as diverse as serving women, vagrants, aristocrats, and authors--in order to study the historical traces of women's connections. "Alliance"--as understood by the essayists in this volume--does not preclude competition or antagonism, since the bonds among women were frequently determined by an opposition to other women. As shown here, the theorizing of women's connections, and the recovery of the historical evidence for theseconnections, can only add to our understanding of women's activities in early modern English society. Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens is divided into four sections. The first two, "Alliances in the City" and "Alliances in the Household," examine the circumstances of women's communities in two primary sites for women of this place and time. The second two, "Materializing Communities" and"Emerging Alliances," fully study the aspirations that guided and transformed the courses of women's lives. All of these interdisciplinary essays, deftly combining literary and historical methods and materials, are informed by feminism, queer theory, and studies of class and race in the early modernperiod.

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This new collection of sixteen essays considers evidence for the varied forms of women's alliances in early modern England. It shows how women, prohibited from direct participation in the institutional structures that shaped the lives of men, constructed informal connections with other femalesfor purposes of survival, advancement, and ...

Karen Robertson is Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at Vassar College. She co-edited a previous collection of feminist essays, Sexuality and Politics in Renaissance Drama (1991), as well as an edition of an early revenge play, John Pikering's Horestes (1996). Susan Frye is Associate Professor of English a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 1.1 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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CONTRIBUTORSHARRIETTE ANDREADISBARBARA BOWENELIZABETH A. BROWNKATHLEEN BROWNSUSAN FRYELOWELL GALLAGHERLISA GIMMARGO HENDRICKSJEAN E. HOWARDANN ROSALIND JONESJODI MIKALACHKISIMON MORGAN-RUSSELLHELEN OSTOVICHKAREN ROBERTSONJESSICA TVORDIMARY WACKVALERIE WAYNE

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"This ambitious and compelling collection of papers explores some of the remarkably complex and diverse links between and among women in Renaissance England.... The seventeen contributors to this volume have employed a startling array of theoretical approaches, textual sources, and materialculture from the period to investigate some of the ways in which networks of women could both exist and exert their own agency."--Sixteenth Century Journal