Proposing a fresh approach to scholarship on the topic, this volume explores the cultural meanings, especially the gendered meanings, of material associated with oral traditions. The collection is divided into three sections. Part One investigates the evocations of the 'old nurse' as storyteller so prominent in early modern fictions. The essays in Part Two investigate women's fashioning of oral traditions to serve their own purposes. The third section disturbs the exclusive associations between the feminine and oral traditions to discover implications for masculinity, as well. Contributors explore the plays of Shakespeare and writings of Spenser, Sidney, Wroth and the Cavendishes, as well as works by less well known or even unknown authors.Framed by an introduction by Mary Ellen Lamb and an afterword by Pamela Allen Brown, these essays make several important interventions in scholarship in the field. They demonstrate the continuing cultural importance of an oral tradition of tales and ballads, even if sometimes circulated in manuscript and printed forms. Rather than in its mode of transmission, contributors posit that the continuing significance of this oral tradition lies instead in the mode of consumption (the immediacy of the interaction of the participants)."Oral Traditions and Gender in Early Modern Literary Texts" confirms the power of oral traditions to shape and also to unsettle concepts of the masculine as well as of the feminine. This collection usefully complicates any easy assumptions about associations of oral traditions with gender.
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Mary Ellen Lamb is Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA. She is the author of Gender and Authorship in the Sidney Circle (1990) as well as numerous essays on women writers in such journals as English Literary Renaissance and Criticism. Her book The Popular Culture of Shakespeare, Spenser, and Jonson (2006) explores old wives' tales as a formative component of early modern popular culture. Karen Bamford is Associate Professor of English at Mount Allison University, Canada. She is the author of Sexual Violence on the Jacobean Stage (2000) and co-editor of Approaches to Teaching English Renaissance Drama (2002).
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Descrizione libro Ashgate, 2008. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0754655385
Descrizione libro Ashgate, 2008. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0754655385