Women, Writing, and the Reproduction of Culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain

Syracuse University Press, 2000

Edited by Mary Burke, Jane Donawerth, Linda Dove, and Karen Nelson

Winner of the 2000 Award for Best Collaborative Project from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

In Tudor and Stuart Britain, women writers were shaped by their culture, but they also helped to shape and reproduce culture through their writing, their patronage, and their networks of family and friends. Through the lens of cultural studies, the editors explore women's material culture, women as agents in reproducing culture, popular culture and women's pamphlets, and women's bodes as inscriptions of culture.

In addition to essays by the editors on Mary Queen of Scots, poetry and gift-exchange, Lady Mary Wroth's anti-absolutist sonnets, and Elizabeth Cary's portrait of the queen in Edward II, the book includes Georgianna Ziegler's description of Esther Inglis's gift books; Margaret Hannay on class in Pembroke's psalms; Mary Ellen Lamb on Aemilia Lanyer and patronage; Elaine Beilin on Anne Dowriche's Protestant history; Ilona Bell discussing the Maydsens of London; Barbara McManus on the pamphlet controversies about women; Esther Cope on Eleanor Davies; Marilyn Luecke on Elizabeth Clinton's Countess of Lincolnes Nurserie; Carole Levin on the assimilation of female saints into reformation England, and Kathi Vosevich describing the rhetorical training that Mary and Elizabeth Tudor received.