Privacy, Playreading, and Womens Closet Drama, 1550-1700 by Marta StraznickyPrivacy, Playreading, and Womens Closet Drama, 1550-1700 by Marta Straznicky

Privacy, Playreading, and Womens Closet Drama, 1550-1700

byMarta Straznicky

Paperback | January 18, 2009

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Marta Straznicky offers a detailed historical analysis of the relationship between early modern women's closet plays and the culture of reading. Straznicky reveals that these works, by Elizabeth Cary and Margaret Cavendish, among others, were part of an alternative dramatic tradition, an elite and private literary culture that was intellectually superior to, and politically more radical than, commercial drama.
Title:Privacy, Playreading, and Womens Closet Drama, 1550-1700Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:January 18, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521100119

ISBN - 13:9780521100113

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Privacy, play reading and performance; 2. Jane Lumley: humanist translation and the culture of play reading; 3. Elizabeth Cary: 'private' drama and print; 4. Margaret Cavendish: the closing of the theatres and the politics of play reading; 5. Anne Finch: authorship, privacy and the Restoration stage; Conclusion: 'Closet' drama: Private space, private stage, and gender; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"Marta Straznicky's book is an essential read for anyone interested in the period 1550-1700, but particularly in women's history and its relationship to the act of writing. The research is impressive and the writing style eloquent, persuasive and accessible, as we are taken on a fascinating journey into the sensitivities surrounding women and writing in the period..." -Simon Barker, University of Gloucestershire, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research