Representations of Elizabeth I in Early Modern Culture

Hardcover | May 15, 2011

EditorAlessandra Petrina, Laura Tosi

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The volume explores Elizabeth I's impact on English and European culture during her life and after her death, through her own writing as well as through contemporary and later writers. The contributors are codicologists, historians and literary critics, offering a varied reading of the Queen and of her cultural inheritance.

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The volume explores Elizabeth I's impact on English and European culture during her life and after her death, through her own writing as well as through contemporary and later writers. The contributors are codicologists, historians and literary critics, offering a varied reading of the Queen and of her cultural inheritance.

ALESSANDRA PETRINA is Associate Professor of English Literature at the Università di Padova, Italy. Her published works include Cultural Politics in Fifteenth-century England: The Case of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester (2004), and Machiavelli in the British Isles: Two Early Modern Translations of the Prince (2009). LAURA TOSI is Associa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 8.9 × 5.78 × 1.02 inPublished:May 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230278175

ISBN - 13:9780230278172

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Table of Contents

Introduction: 'A monarch in writing'; A.Petrina
Prologue: 'I am Richard the Second'; S.Orgel
PART I: THE WORD OF A PRINCE: ELIZABETH WRITING
The Queen's two hands; J.Gibson
Mary Stuart's Execution and Queen Elizabeth's Divided Self; P.Baseotto
'Ma plume vous pourra exprimer': Elizabeth's French Correspondance ; G.Coatalen
'Most peereles Poëtresse': The Manuscript Circulation of Elizabeth's Poems; C.Bajetta
PART II: WE PRINCES ARE SET ON STAGES: MASQUES AND CEREMONIES OF ROYAL SELF-DISPLAY
The Monarch as Represented in the Ceremony of Coronation; J.Dillon
Elizabeth's Presence in the Jacobean Masque; E.Botonaki
Lady of the Lake or Queen of the Ocean? The Representation of Female Power in Prince Henry's Barriers and Tethys' Festival; S.Trevisan
PART III: IN MIRRORS MORE THAN ONE: ELIZABETH AND REPRESENTATIONS OF FEMALE SOVEREIGNTY
Performing the Apocalypse: Sibylline Prophecy and Elizabeth I; J.L.Malay
Under Italian eyes: Petruccio Ubaldini's Verbal Portraits of Queen Elizabeth; G.Iamartino
Never a Merry World: The Rhetoric of Nostalgia in Elizabethan England; K.Johanson
No Country for Old Women?; Y.Oram
'A queen in jest': Queenship and Historical Subversion in Shakespeare's 3 Henry VI and Richard III; K.Mudan
Mirrors for Female Rulers: Elizabeth I and the Duchess of Malfi; L.Tosi
Index

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"This new essay collection makes a serious and significant contribution to studies of Elizabeth I. A diversity of approaches sheds new light on this iconic queen, investigating the materiality of her own writings as well as her influence on stagings of female power. We are invited to view her from perspectives of prophecy and nostalgia, and to look afresh at this endlessly fascinating monarch."-- Helen Hackett, University College London, UK  "This considered and cohesive sequence of essays on the cultural presence of Elizabeth I is both elegant and timely. The collection is given a distinguished focus in the Prologue contributed by the celebrated expert on Elizabethan culture and drama, Stephen Orgel, with its poised consideration of the relation between the arts and the “monarch’s will.” Thereafter, the book’s three sections explore the image and presence of the queen: in her own words, in the events and writings which she promoted and patronised, and in subsequent recollection and reinterpretation. The focus throughout is international with significant work on Elizabeth’s use of French and on Elizabeth’s appearance in the eyes of an Italian contemporary. Her place in time is considered in many aspects: as a figure embodying past virtues, as the presiding goddess of a glorious present, and as the prophetess of a new order to come. One of the distinguishing features of this collection is the awareness which accompanies all these investigations of the elements of improvisation and insecurity which formed the counterpoint to the public triumphs of Elizabeth. There are particularly rich reflections on dramatic echoes of Elizabeth’s governance in the plays of Webster and Shakespeare.The continental focus of the volume is particularly welcome, offering the reader new discoveries on the map of the queen’s world. This focus also points silently to a palpable absence of Elizabethan culture: the ambiguous withdrawal of her realm from the international respublica litterarum, from the possibility of comparison.This collection is as notable for the careful selection of subjects and editorial shaping of a coherent whole as it is for the skill and knowledge of the individual contributors. The Introduction draws the whole volume together in its finely-nuanced consideration of Elizabeth as a subject placed in time."-- Peter Davidson, Professor of Renaissance Studies, University of Aberdeen, UK