The Last Plantagenet Consorts: Gender, Genre, and Historiography, 1440-1627 by Kavita Mudan FinnThe Last Plantagenet Consorts: Gender, Genre, and Historiography, 1440-1627 by Kavita Mudan Finn

The Last Plantagenet Consorts: Gender, Genre, and Historiography, 1440-1627

byKavita Mudan Finn

Hardcover | June 8, 2012

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An examination of fifteenth-century British queens through literature and history.
Kavita Mudan holds a doctorate in English Language and Literature from University of Oxford, Linacre College.
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Title:The Last Plantagenet Consorts: Gender, Genre, and Historiography, 1440-1627Format:HardcoverDimensions:267 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.91 inPublished:June 8, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230392989

ISBN - 13:9780230392984

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Table of Contents

Narrating Queens in the Fifteenth Century 'By Meane of a Woman': Changing the Subject in Polydore Vergil's Anglica Historia and Sir Thomas More's History of King Richard the Third 'The point of a very woman': Gendering Destabilization in Edward Hall's Union and Raphael Holinshed's Chronicle Queens in the Margins: Allegorizing Anxiety in A Mirror for Magistrates Performing Queenship in Legge's Richardus Tertius, The True Tragedy of Richard III, and Heywood's Edward IV 'A Queen in Jest': Queenship and Historical Subversion in Shakespeare's First Tetralogy 'The Fetters of Her Sex': Voicing Queens in the Historical Poetry of Michael Drayton and Samuel Daniel

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An examination of fifteenth-century British queens through literature and history."The range and scope of the materials Kavita Mudan Finn analyzes is impressive, covering well-known historical texts, such as Vergil, More, Hall, and Holinshed, as well as less well-known works. The care with which she compares the ways in which the works under consideration emphasize inter-textual connections between the literature and history, heretofore unexamined in sufficient detail, is laudable, and the study will make a significant contribution to recent interest in defining female identity. By combining readings of historical perspectives with literary works, Mudan Finn is able to evoke an insightful examination of the last Plantagenet consorts, with emphases on female voices, rather than on male reactions to those voices. The book will appeal to a wide audience - those interested in literary, cultural, historical, and gender studies." - Debra Barrett-Graves, professor, Department of English, California State University, East Bay"The Last Plantagent Consorts takes its reader on a captivating journey that spans 150 years of narratives that represent, imagine, and reevaluate five fascinating queens: Margaret of Anjou, Cecily Neville, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne Neville, and Elizabeth of York. Finn's masterful scrutiny of the panoply of sources that depict these queens in a variety of generic incarnations is remarkable. On this journey exploring the ways in which female political agency is narrated - or narrates itself, Finn produces astute readings of some familiar historical and literary texts (such as various chronicles and Shakespeare's first tetralogy) and brings them in a dialog with lesser known and continental sources. The deeply interdisciplinary nature of this book will appeal to readers interested in history, politics, and literature alike. This is a truly encyclopedic study in its scope, its complex methodology, and its perspicacity." - Anna Riehl Bertolet, Associate Professor of English, Auburn University