Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650-1850

Paperback | January 15, 1996

byDianne Dugaw

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This interdisciplinary study uncovers a fascination with women cross dressers in the popular literature of early modern Britain, in a wide range of texts from popular ballads and chapbook life histories to the comedies and tragedies of aristocratic literature. Dugaw demonstrates the extent to which gender and sexuality are enacted as constructs of history.

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Masquerading as a man, seeking adventure, going to war or to sea for love and glory, the transvestite heroine flourished in all kinds of literature, especially ballads, from the Renaissance to the Victorian age. Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650-1850 identifies this heroine and her significance as a figure in folklore, and as a ...

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This interdisciplinary study uncovers a fascination with women cross dressers in the popular literature of early modern Britain, in a wide range of texts from popular ballads and chapbook life histories to the comedies and tragedies of aristocratic literature. Dugaw demonstrates the extent to which gender and sexuality are enacted as c...

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Masquerading as a man, seeking adventure, going to war or to sea for love and glory, the transvestite heroine flourished in all kinds of literature, especially ballads, from the Renaissance to the Victorian age. Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650-1850 identifies this heroine and her significance as a figure in folklore, and as a ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:January 15, 1996Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226169162

ISBN - 13:9780226169163

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Prologue
1: Popular balladry, Mary Ambree, and the beginnings of the Female Warrior motif, 1600-1650
2: The fashion for Female Warrior ballads: new "hits" and old favorites, 1650-1800
3: The museum life of Mary Ambree and the decline of the Female Warrior, 1800 to the present
4: The Female Warrior motif as an idea
5: The Female Warrior and everyday life in the early modern world
6: The Female Warrior and the construction of gender
7: Hic-Mulier: imaginative preoccupation and genotype for the Female Warrior
8: The Female Warrior, Gay's Polly, and the heroic ideal
Epilogue
Appendix
Select bibliography
Index

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Masquerading as a man, seeking adventure, going to war or to sea for love and glory, the transvestite heroine flourished in all kinds of literature, especially ballads, from the Renaissance to the Victorian age. Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650-1850 identifies this heroine and her significance as a figure in folklore, and as a representative of popular culture, prompting important reevaluations of gender and sexuality. Dugaw has uncovered a fascination with women cross-dressers in the popular literature of early modern Europe and America. Surveying a wide range of Anglo-American texts from popular ballads and chapbook life histories to the comedies and tragedies of aristocratic literature, she demonstrates the extent to which gender and sexuality are enacted as constructs of history.