Women during the English Reformations: Renegotiating Gender and Religious Identity

Hardcover | November 19, 2014

EditorJ. Chappell, K. Kramer

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Catholic or Protestant, recusant or godly rebel, early modern women reinvented their spiritual and gendered spaces during the reformations in religion in England during the sixteenth century and beyond. These essays explore the ways in which some Englishwomen struggled to erase, rewrite, or reimagine their religious and gender identities. Contributors explore the inspirations for and expressions of women's actions whether those actions were ultimately intended to serve the conservative or evangelical cause and provide a sample of the consequences and contradictions inherent in women's reimagining of religious and gender boundaries.

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Catholic or Protestant, recusant or godly rebel, early modern women reinvented their spiritual and gendered spaces during the reformations in religion in England during the sixteenth century and beyond. These essays explore the ways in which some Englishwomen struggled to erase, rewrite, or reimagine their religious and gender identiti...

Julie A. Chappell is Professor of English at Tarleton State University, USA. She is the editor/translator of The Prose Alexander of Robert Thornton: The Middle English Text with a Modern English Translation; the co-editor, with Kamille Stone Stanton, of Transatlantic Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century and Spectacle, Sex, and Pr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:212 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:November 19, 2014Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Julie A. Chappell
1. "To the Illustrious Queen": Katherine of Aragon and Early Modern Book Dedications; Valerie Schutte
2. 'Rather a Strong and Constant Man': Margaret Pole and the Problem of Women's Independence; Janice Liedl
3. Religious Intent and the Art of Courteous Pleasantry: A Few Letters from Englishwomen to Heinrich Bullinger (1543–1562); Rebecca A. Giselbrecht
4. Elizabeth Cary and Intersections of Catholicism and Gender in Early Modern England; Lisa McClain
5. Eleanor Davies and the New Jerusalem; Amanda L. Capern
6. The Failure of Godly Womanhood: Religious and Gender Identity in the Life of Lady Elizabeth Delaval; Sharon L. Arnoult
7. Haunting History: Women, Catholicism, and the Writing of National History in Sophia Lee's The Recess; Kaley A. Kramer
8. Stripped of Their Altars: Film, Faith, and Tudor Royal Women from the Silent Era to the Twenty–First Century, 1895–2014; William B. Robison