Voicing Women offers fresh, theoretically inspired readings of women Renaissance writers, as well as detailed critical introductions and notes. It reveals the extent of the material restraints on women's expression in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, illustrating the difficulties faced by women writers and their strategies to overcome them. The use of female voices in male-authored texts and the different ways in which the body is portrayed by male and female writers is discussed in detail, and there are revelations about the religious and political contexts of the women's work. This will be an invaluable resource for all those studying Renaissance texts.
About the Author
Melanie Hansen was formerly Lecturer in English at the University of Durham
The quality of the argument isbetter than that of most writing on gender ... The volume challenges some dogmas of feminism which were becoming stifling ... (A) useful book.