Women and Race in Early Modern Texts by Joyce Green MacDonaldWomen and Race in Early Modern Texts by Joyce Green MacDonald

Women and Race in Early Modern Texts

byJoyce Green MacDonald

Hardcover | June 24, 2002

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Joyce Green MacDonald discusses the links between women's racial, sexual, and civic identities in early modern texts. She examines the scarcity of African women in English plays of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the racial identity of the women in the drama and also that of the women who watched and sometimes wrote the plays. The coverage also includes texts from the late fourteenth to the early eighteenth centuries, by, among others, Shakespeare, Jonson, Davenant, the Countess of Pembroke and Aphra Behn.
Title:Women and Race in Early Modern TextsFormat:HardcoverPublished:June 24, 2002Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521810167

ISBN - 13:9780521810166


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: women, race, and Renaissance texts; 1. Cleopatra: whiteness and knowledge; 2. Sex, race, and empire in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra; 3. Dido and Sophonisba of Carthage: marriage, race, and the bonds between men; 4. The disappearing African woman: Imoinda in Oroonoko after Behn; 5. Race, women, and the sentimental in Thomas Southerne's Oroonoko; 6. Chaste lines: writing and unwriting race in Katherine Phillips' Pompey; 7. The Queen's minion: sexual difference, racial difference, and Aphra Behn's Abdelazer; Conclusion: 'the efficacy of imagination'; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Her discussion of early women writers ... contributes valuably to other recent work that is providing a much-needed correction to a field that has sometimes devoted too much energy to establishing a female literary tradition and ignored the differences." Seventeenth-Century News