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Women, Food Exchange, and Governance in Early Modern England

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This book is about the relationship of food and food practices to discourses and depictions of domestic and political governance in early modern women’s writing. It examines the texts of four elite women spanning approximately forty years: the Psalmes of Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke; the maternal nursing pamphlet of Elizabeth Clinton, Dowager Countess of Lincoln; the diary of Margaret, Lady Hoby; and Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth’s prose romance, Urania. It argues that we cannot gain a full picture of what food meant to the early modern English without looking at the works of women, who were the primary managers of household foodways. In examining food practices such as hospitality, gift exchange, and charity, this monograph demonstrates that women, no less than men, engaged with vital social, cultural and political processes.


Titel: Women, Food Exchange, and Governance in Early Modern England
Autoren/Herausgeber: Madeline Bassnett
Aus der Reihe: Early Modern Literature in History
Ausgabe: 1st ed. 2016

ISBN/EAN: 9783319408675

Seitenzahl: 248
Format: 21 x 14,8 cm
Produktform: Hardcover/Gebunden
Gewicht: 467 g
Sprache: Englisch

Madeline Bassnett is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Writing Studies at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She has published numerous articles on the topics of food and early modern women’s writing. Her work has appeared in Modern Philology, The Seventeenth Century, Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 and Early English Studies.

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