Women in the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries: Further Reading

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Alexander, Meena. "Introduction: Mapping a Female Romanticism." In Women in Romanticism: Mary Wollstonecraft, Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Shelley, pp. 1-17. Savage, Md.: Barnes & Noble Books, 1989.

Examines how women authors faced the "anxiety of authorship" and social constraints.

Berry, Philippa. Of Chastity and Power: Elizabethan Literature and the Unmarried Queen. London: Routledge, 1989, 193 p.

Considers literary representations of Elizabeth I.

Burroughs, Catherine B. "English Romantic Women Writers and Theatre Theory: Joanna Baillie's Prefaces to the 'Plays on the Passions'." In Re-Visioning Romanticism: British Women Writers, 1776-1837, edited by Carol Shiner Wilson and Joel Haefner, pp. 274-96. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994.

Discusses Baillie's closet theatre theory in the context of the tradition of women writing about the stage.

Dixon, Annette. "Women Who Ruled: Queens, Goddesses, Amazons 1500-1650: A Thematic Overview." In Women Who Ruled: Queens, Goddesses, Amazons in Renaissance and Baroque Art, edited by Annette Dixon, pp. 119-179. London: Merrell Publishers Limited, 2002.

Features dozens of plates of art depicting the power of female rulers.

Garrard, Mary D. "Artemisia and Susanna." In Feminism and Art History: Questioning the Litany, edited by Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard, pp. 146-71. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1982.

Analyzes the paintings of Artemisia Gentileschi that portray Susanna of the Apocrypha.

Glenn, Cheryl. "Inscribed in the Margins: Renaissance Women and Rhetorical Culture." In Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition from Antiquity through the Renaissance, pp. 118-72. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997.

Explores Renaissance rhetoric and the contributions made by Margaret More Roper, Anne Askew, and Elizabeth I.

Gutwirth, Madelyn. "Gendered Rococo as Political Provocation." In The Twilight of the Goddesses: Women and Representation in the French Revolutionary Era, pp. 3-22. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1992.

Examines some of the underlying issues of rococo art.

Hellwarth, Jennifer Wynne. "'I wyl wright of women prevy sekenes': Imagining Female Literacy and Textual Communities in Medieval and Early Modern Midwifery Manuals." Critical Survey 14, no. 1 (January 2002): 44-63.

Considers the cultural implications of the prefaces to medieval midwifery manuals.

Hull, Suzanne W. Women According to Men: The World of Tudor-Stuart Women. Walnut Creek, Calif.: AltaMira Press, 1996, 240 p.

Describes the world of English women from 1525 to 1675 using the written words of contemporary men.

Kelly, Joan. "Did Women Have a Renaissance?" In Feminism and Renaissance Studies, edited by Lorna Hutson, pp. 21-47. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Contends that during the Renaissance women experienced a diminishment of public and personal power.

Miller, Nancy K. "Men's Reading, Women's Writing: Gender and the Rise of the Novel." Yale French Studies, no. 75 (1988): 40-55.

Criticizes past attempts at writing a history of women's involvement in the development of the eighteenth-century novel.

Rose, Judith. "Prophesying Daughters: Testimony, Censorship, and Literacy Among Early Quaker Women." Critical Survey 14, no. 1 (January 2002): 93-110.

Contends that attempts to contain literacy among Quaker women actually led to greater self-empowerment.

Schor, Naomi. "The Portrait of a Gentleman: Representing Men in (French) Women's Writing." Representations, no. 20 (autumn 1987): 113-33.

Analyzes descriptions of men by Mme. de Lafayette, Mme. de Staël, and George Sand.

Smith, Hilda L. "Humanist Education and the Renaissance Concept of Woman." In Women and Literature in Britain, 1500-1700, edited by Helen Wilcox, pp. 9-29. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Examines the definition of the concept of "woman" during the Renaissance, particularly for humanist writers.

Spongberg, Mary. "'Above Their Sex'? Women's History 'before' Feminism." In Writing Women's History since the Renaissance, pp. 63-85. Hampshire, England: Pal-grave MacMillan, 2002.

Documents female historical writers from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.

Sturkenboom, Dorothée. "Historicizing the Gender of Emotions: Changing Perceptions in Dutch Enlightenment Thought." Journal of Social History 34, no. 1 (2000): 55-75.

Uses eighteenth century Dutch periodicals to investigate prevailing ideas on the genderedness of emotions.

Summit, Jennifer. "The Reformation of the Woman Writer." In Lost Property: The Woman Writer and English Literary History 1380-1589, pp. 109-61. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Discusses the political significance of religious women's writing.

Turner, Cheryl. Living by the Pen: Women Writers in the Eighteenth Century. London: Routledge, 1994, 261 p.

Studies the rise of women's fiction and the beginnings of the professional woman writer.

Walker, Kim. "'Busie in my Clositt': Letters, Diaries, and Autobiographical Writing." In Women Writers of the English Renaissance, pp. 26-46. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1996.

Explores how literate Renaissance women pushed the boundary between private and public writing.

Wall, Wendy. "Dancing in a Net: The Problems of Female Authorship." In The Imprint of Gender: Authorship and Publication in the English Renaissance, pp. 279-340. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1996.

Explores the different reactions of Isabella Whitney, Mary Sidney, Amelia Lanyer, and Mary Wroth in response to the inhibiting factors affecting their writing.

Wiesner-Hanks, Merry E. My Gracious Silence: Women in the Mirror of 16th Century Printing in Western Europe, edited by Axel Erdmann. Luzern, Switzerland: Gilhofer & Ranschburg, 1999, 319 p.

Examines women writers' responses to societal admonitions that they remain silent.

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