All of the essays in this volume capture the body in a particular attitude: in distress, vulnerability, pain, pleasure, labor, health, reproduction, or preparation for death. They attend to how the body’s transformations affect the social and political arrangements that surround it. And they show how apprehension of the body – in social and political terms – gives it shape.
Table of Contents
Introduction (Kimberly Anne Coles and Eve Keller); I. Debates and Directions; 1. Ain’t I a Ladie?: Race, Sexuality, and Early Modern Women Writers (Melissa E. Sanchez); 2. Early Modern Bodies that Matter (Mario DiGangi); 3. Regendering the Sublime and the Beautiful: Shakespeare’s Cleopatra and Feminist Formalism (Katherine B. Attié); II. Authorship and Patronage; 4. Women and Literary Production (Stephen Guy-Bray); 5. Ambiguities of Female Authorship and the Accessible Archive (Marcy North); 6. Patterns of Print: Women’s Textual Patronage in the "Early" Early Modern Period (Patricia Pender); 7. Picturing the Agency of Widows: Female Patronage among the Gentry and the Middling Sort of Elizabethan England (Tarnya Cooper); 8. Women’s Labor at the Little Gidding Harmonies (Whitney Trettien); III. The Matter of Reform; 9. "A Witch! Who is not?": Demonic Contagion, Gender, and Class in The Witch of Edmonton (Mary Floyd-Wilson); 10. "A Woman’s Logicke": Puritan Women Writers and the Rejection of Education (Christina Luckyj); 11. Prosopopoeia, Gender, and Religion: The Poetry of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (Rosalind Smith); 12. Dying Offstage: Gender and Martyrdom in 1 Henry VI (Elizabeth Williamson); IV. Bodies of Knowledge; 13. Flesh-Eaters: Gender, Bodies, and Labor in Early Modern Art and Literature (Karen Raber); 14. "Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron": Ingredients, Instructions, and the Early Modern Recipe Book (Gitanjali Shahani and Emily S. Farris); 15. "From a Drudge, to … a Cook": Hidden and Ostentatious Labor in the Early Modern Household (Mary Trull and Rebecca Laroche); 16. "[T]he Monkey duchess all undressed": Simians, Satire, and Women (Holly Dugan); 17. Gender, Knowledge, and the Medical Marketplace: The Case of Margaret Cavendish (Laura L. Knoppers); V. The Place of Production; 18. Counter-Narratives of Survival: Amerindian and African Women in Early Caribbean Literatures (Julie Chun Kim); 19. Constructing White Privilege: Transatlantic Slavery, Reproduction, and the Segregation of the Marriage Plot in the late Seventeenth Century (Valerie Forman)