Greenstadt 2009 Rape

Title Information

Author: Amy Greenstadt

Title: Rape and the Rise of the Author

Subtitle: Gendering Intention in Early Modern England

Place: Burlington, VT

Publisher: Ashgate

Year: 2009

Pages: 204pp.

Series: Women and Gender in the Early Modern World

ISBN-13: 9780754662747 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781409476108 (ePUB) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780754695936 (PDF) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 16th Century, 17th Century | English History | Representations: Literature / Margaret Cavendish, John Milton, William Shakespeare, Philip Sidney

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Author: Amy Greenstadt, Department of English, Portland State University


  Preface (p. ix)
  Acknowledgments (p. xiii)
  Note on Transcription and Translation (p. xv)
  Introduction: Questionable Intentions (p. 1)
  1 Sidney's Ravishment (p. 29)
  2 Shakespeare's Chaste Will (p. 57)
  3 Milton's Inapprehensible Song (p. 83)
  4 Cavendish's Willing Subjects (p. 131)
  Works Cited (p. 163)
  Index (p. 179)


»Contending that early modern fictional portrayals of sexual violence identify the position of the author with that of the chaste woman threatened with rape, Amy Greenstadt challenges the prevalent scholarly view that this period's concept of 'The Author' was inherently masculine. Instead, she argues, the analogy between rape and writing centrally informed ideas of literary intention that emerged during the English Renaissance. Analyzing works by Milton, Sidney, Shakespeare and Cavendish, Greenstadt shows how the figure of 'The Author' - and by extension ideas of the modern individual--derived from a paradigm of female virtue and vulnerability.
This volume supplements the growing body of studies that address the relationship between early modern textual representation and notions of gender and sexuality; it also adds a new dimension in considering the wider origins of modern concepts of selfhood and individual rights.« (Source: Ashgate)


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Wikipedia: Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; John Milton: Comus (John Milton); William Shakespeare: The Rape of Lucrece; Philip Sidney: The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia

Added: October 18, 2014 – Last updated: October 18, 2014