She analyses the writings of Marvell, Waller, Herrick and the Caroline elegists, as well as in newsbooks and pamphlets, and pays particular attention to Milton's complex responses to the dilemmas of male identity. In this innovative study, Diane Purkiss illuminates the role of gender in the English Civil War by focusing on ideas of masculinity, rather than on the role of women, which has hitherto received more attention. Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2006, review of Corydon and the Island of Monsters, p. The anthology enables a more comprehensive understanding of seventeenth-century women's poetic culture, both in its own right and in relation to prominent male poets such as Marvell, Milton and Dryden. While her account is always supple and well able to accommodate the tortuous complexities in. The Dissolution of the English Monasteries, HarperCollins London, England , 2010.
. This scholarly work by Purkiss has since been republished as Fairies and Fairy Stories: A History. Purkiss reveals the irrational ideological forces governing the way seventeenth-century writers understood the state, the monarchy, the battlefield and the epic hero in relation to contested contemporary ideas of masculinity. The anthology reveals the diversity of women's poetry in the mid-seventeenth century, across political affiliations and forms of publication. Purkiss reveals the irrational ideological forces governing the way seventeenth-century writers understood the state, the monarchy, the battlefield and the epic hero in relation to contested contemporary ideas of masculinity. In this innovative study, first published in 2005, Diane Purkiss illuminates the role of gender in the English Civil War by focusing on ideas of masculinity, rather than on the role of women, which has hitherto received more attention. It presents these poems in modern-spelling, clear-text versions for classroom use, and for ready comparison to mainstream editions of male poets' work.
School Library Journal, March, 2006, Patricia D. See the seller's listing for full details. Review of English Studies, February, 1995, Jacqueline Pearson, review of Women, Texts, and Histories, p. This study will appeal to scholars of seventeenth-century literature as well as those working in intellectual history and the history of gender. Literature and Gender is a truly exceptional study. This study will appeal to scholars of seventeenth-century literature as well as those working in intellectual history and the history of gender.
Matthew Hopkins and the panic about witches; Conclusion; Notes; Index. She also studies witches as depicted in the works of , , and others, and shows how these writers not only drew upon popular images of witches, but also reshaped these images. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. Based on characters from , Corydon and the Island of Monsters introduces readers to a young shepherd who is an outcast from his village because of a birth defect that has left him with a goat's hoof instead of one of his feet. Presenting records of witchcraft trials, she shows how some women used fantasies of witchcraft to feel more empowered in their daily lives. Norton traces the profound shift in attitudes toward women's participation in public affairs to the age's cultural arbiters, including John Dunton, editor of the Athenian Mercury, a popular 1690s periodical that promoted women's links to husband, family, and household.
Education: University of Queensland, B. Together with Medusa, Lamia, Minotaur, Sphinx, and the Gorgon sisters, Corydon works to fulfill his destiny—to battle Perseus, Zeus, and a disjointed army of Greek heroes who are intent upon destroying all monsters—and learns the identity of his father along the way. It has, however, necessarily lurked in the background, at the level either of method or of presupposition, and as such has underpinned some of the most influential readings of the pragmatic functioning of the period's literary texts. In a time when few women could write, this book reveals the multitude of ways in which their voices have left traces in the written record, and deepens our understanding of womens lives in the past. The wager has already paid off.
The wager has already paid off. They and many imitators on both sides of the Atlantic argued that women should confine themselves to home and family, a position that American women themselves had adopted by the 1760s. School Librarian, spring, 2006, Alison Hurst, review of Corydon and the Siege of Troy, p. However, the date of retrieval is often important. New York Review of Books, October 23, 1997, Alison Lurie, review of The Witch in History, p. The wager has already paid off.
Journal of Women's History, winter, 1999, Heather Lee Miller, review of The Witch in History, p. In this innovative study, Diane Purkiss illuminates the role of gender in the English Civil War by focusing on ideas of masculinity, rather than on the role of women, which has hitherto received more attention. David Norbrook's recovery of an obscured republican literary heritage, for example, has been posed against the tendentious accounts of early modern political agency that he detected in new historicism and, in Habermasian vein, attributed to the dubious influence of Nietzsche and Foucault. Backing up her history with scholarly research, Purkiss shows that fairies were once regarded with fear and dread: they were frightening beings from another world who could steal or kill children, abduct young men, cause illness or blindness, or rape human women. Renaissance Quarterly, summer, 1998, Brian P. Purkiss has written an altogether convincing and historically attentive account of masculine identity in mid-century England.
The literary representations of the war with which she is concerned are therefore animated by the apparently impossible project of asserting a properly phallic masculinity in the face of feminizing threats. Through careful and meticulous methodological rigor, she has also provided her readers with the theoretical apparatus to carry out similar research in other historical sites and venues. In the former, Corydon and his monstrous friends travel to the ill-fated Atlantis to rescue Minotaur, only to find that intrigue is rife in that culturally advanced city. Amidst the political and religious disruptions of the Reformation and the Civil War, sexual difference and gender were matters of public debate and private contention. Writers and figures discussed include Elizabeth Avery, Aphra Behn, Anne Bradstreet, Maragret Cavendish, Queen Christina of Sweden, Anne Halkett, Brilliana Harley, Lucy Hutchinson, John Milton, Elizabeth Poole, Sara Wight, and Henry Jessey.
This study will appeal to scholars of seventeenth-century literature as well as those working in intellectual history and the history of gender. Historians have tended to emphasise a model of human action in the Civil War based on the idea of the human self as rational animal. Even so, as late as 1690 Anglo-American women's political interests and opinions were publicly acknowledged. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution explores the significance of these events on a much broader front than conventional studies. Purkiss has written an altogether convincing and historically attentive account of masculine identity in mid-century England.