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Gender and Authorship in the Sidney Circle [Paperback]

Mary Ellen Lamb
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31 Jan 1992
This study demonstrates the extent to which reading and writing were gendered acts in 16th- and early 17th-century England. Renaissance gender ideology did not prevent women from writing altogether, but it affected all writing by creating different standards of acceptability for female writers than for their male counterparts. Lamb explores the effect of this gendered ideology of authors in a famous Renaissance family - the Sidneys: Sir Philip Sidney, his sister, the Countess of Pembroke, and his niece, Mary Wroth, two notable and productive women authors of the time. Unlike other works which analyze gender only in terms of women's writing, Mary Lamb explores gender as a determining force in the works of both men and women of the Sidney circle.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press (31 Jan 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299126943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299126940
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,142,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Still useful 16 July 2011
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First published in 1992, this is one of a series of books centred on what it meant to be a Sidney, and the way membership of the family authorised writing for its female members Mary Sidney/Herbert, and Mary Sidney/Wroth.

Scholarship has slightly moved away from this approach now and, particularly in the case of Mary Wroth, explores the extent to which she might authorise her writings in alternative ways from just her undoubted family allegiance. That said, this is still worth reading - and Lamb's incisive approach can't be less than productive.
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