Teaching Tudor and Stuart Women Writers

  • Editors: Susanne Woods, Margaret P. Hannay
  • Pages: x & 433 pp.
  • Published: 2001
  • ISBN: 9780873523479 (Paperback)
  • ISBN: 9780873523462 (Cloth)
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“This collection represents absolutely first-rate scholarship—it is at present the only study of its kind, and an indispensable guide to classroom instruction and individual research in the field.”

—Constance Jordan, author of Shakespeare’s Monarchies: Ruler and Subject in the Romances

“A boon to both novice and experienced teachers of early modern British literature.”

Feminist Teacher

The increased attention to women’s literature of the early modern period has reinvigorated literary study, not by supplanting the traditional canon but by renewing our interest in it. As the volume editors note, “Teaching Spenser’s The Faerie Queene is a richer experience when one also teaches Wroth’s Urania.”

Teaching Tudor and Stuart Women Writers summarizes the latest scholarship on British women writers who lived from roughly 1500 to 1700 and suggests strategies for presenting their works in the classroom. Thirty-six essays discuss frequently anthologized pieces by such women as Margaret Cavendish, Elizabeth I, Mary Sidney, and Mary Wroth as well as the writings of women who have come to the notice of scholars only recently.

The volume addresses women’s roles in early modern society and women’s limited access to education and opportunities for writing; provides background for understanding literary, religious, historical, and social texts; gives biographies of certain writers; lists texts suitable for presentation in the undergraduate classroom; suggests models for lower-level surveys as well as semester-length graduate seminars; and details the availability of primary sources.

Bernadette Andrea
Stephen C. Behrendt
Elaine V. Beilin
Pamela J. Benson
Patricia Brace
Elizabeth Clarke
Frances E. Dolan
Susan M. Felch
Germaine Greer
Elizabeth H. Hageman
Kim F. Hall
Elaine Hobby
Suzanne W. Hull
Ann Hurley
Robin Ikegami
Erna Kelly
Gwynne Kennedy
John N. King
Mary Ellen Lamb
Carole Levin
Barbara K. Lewalski
Paula Loscocco
Lynette F. McGrath
Naomi J. Miller
Janel Mueller
Elizabeth Patton
Anne Lake Prescott
Josephine A. Roberts
Anne Shaver
Mary V. Silcox
Sara Jayne Steen
Betty S. Travitsky
Wendy Wall
Gary F. Waller
Barry Weller
Ramona Wray
Georgianna Ziegler