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Gender and Heroism in Early Modern English Literature

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For most readers and spectators, heroism takes the form of public, idealized masculinity. It calls to mind socially and morally elevated men embarking on active adventures: courageously confronting danger; valiantly rescuing the helpless; exploring and claiming unconquered terrain. But in this book, Mary Beth Rose argues that from the late sixteenth to the late seventeenth centuries, a passive, more female, but equally potent dimension of heroic identity began to dominate English culture. For both men and women, heroism came to be defined in terms of patience, as the ability to endure suffering, catastrophe, and pain.

Interweaving discourses of gender, Rose explores ways in which this heroics of endurance became the dominant model. She examines the glamorous, failed destinies of heroes in plays by Shakespeare, Jonson, and Marlowe; Elizabeth I's creation of a heroic identity in her public speeches; the autobiographies of four ordinary women thrust into the public sphere by civil war; and the seduction of heroes into slavery in works by Milton, Aphra Behn, and Mary Astell. Ultimately, her study demonstrates the importance of the female in the creation of modern heroism, while offering a critique of heroic values, including both idealized action and suffering.

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AcknowledgmentsPrologue1."The observed of all observers": The Gendering of Heroism in Marlowe, Jonson, and Shakespeare2.Gender and the Construction of Royal Authority in the Speeches of Elizabeth I3.Gender, Genre, and History: Female Heroism in Seventeenth-Century Autobiography4."Vigorous most / When most unactive deem'd": Gender and the Heroics of Endurance in Milton's Samson Agonistes, Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, and Mary Astell's Some Reflections upon MarriageEpilogueNotesIndex

About the Author

Mary Beth Rose is a professor of English and director of the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is coeditor of Elizabeth I: Collected Works and the author of The Expense of Spirit: Love and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Prologue

1.

"The observed of all observers": The Gendering of Heroism in Marlowe, Jonson, and Shakespeare

2.

Gender and the Construction of Royal Authority in the Speeches of Elizabeth I

3.

Gender, Genre, and History: Female Heroism in Seventeenth-Century Autobiography

4.

"Vigorous most / When most unactive deemd": Gender and the Heroics of Endurance in Miltons Samson Agonistes, Aphra Behns Oroonoko, and Mary Astells Some Reflections upon Marriage

Epilogue

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226725734
Author:
Rose, Mary Beth
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
Women
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Heroes in literature
Subject:
Sex role in literature
Subject:
Patience in literature.
Subject:
Courage in literature.
Subject:
Heroines in literature.
Subject:
English literature - Early modern, 1500-
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 48
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , AcknowledgmentsPrologue1."The observed of all observers": The Gendering of Heroism in Marlowe, Jonson, and Shakespeare2.Gender and the Construction of Royal Authority in the Speeches of Elizabeth I3.Gender, Genre, and History: Female Heroism in Seventeenth-Century Autobiography4."Vigorous most / When most unactive deem'd": Gender and the Heroics of Endurance in Milton's Samson Agonistes, Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, and Mary Astell's Some Reflections upon MarriageEpilogueNotesIndex
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