Women, Death and Literature in Post-Reformation England by Patricia PhillippyWomen, Death and Literature in Post-Reformation England by Patricia Phillippy

Women, Death and Literature in Post-Reformation England

byPatricia Phillippy

Paperback | January 14, 2010

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Patricia Phillippy examines the crucial literal and figurative roles played by women in death and mourning during the early modern period. Using funerary, liturgical, and lamentational practices; as well as diaries, poems and plays; she illustrates the consistent gendering of rival styles of grief in post-Reformation England. Phillippy utilizes a wide range of published and archival material dating from the Reformation to the seventeenth century, to provide a study of appeal to cultural and literary historians.

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Title:Women, Death and Literature in Post-Reformation EnglandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:January 14, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521126185

ISBN - 13:9780521126182

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of illustrations; Introduction; 1. A map of death; Part I. Disposing of the Body: 2. The body of history: embalming and historiography in Shakespeare's Henry VIII; 3. Humility and stoutness: the lives an deaths of Christian women; 4. London's mourning garment: maternity, mourning and succession in Shakespeare's Richard III; Part II. Sisters of Magdalene: 5. 'I might againe have been the sepulcure': maternal mourning and the encrypted corpse; 6. 'Quod licuit feci': Elizabeth Russell and the power of mourning; 7. The mat(t)er of death: the defense of Eve and the female Ars Morendi; Codicil: 'A web of blacke'; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"[Phillippy] excavates valuable and wide-ranging documents on women's involvement in death and dying, and carefully distinguishes between women's self-representations and other cultural constructions. Moreover, she maintains a carefully nuanced understanding of public and private roles often oversimplified in studies of early modern women's lives and works....Phillippy offers a valuable model for historicizing affect and provides an important service for literary critics and historians of the early modern period through her extensive archival research." H-WOMEN