Half Humankind: Contexts and Texts of the Controversy about Women in England, 1540-1640

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University of Illinois Press, 1985 - 390 páginas
Half Humankind is the first study to provide modernized and annotated editions of the key documents from the controversy about women in Renaissance England. The selections -- ten treatises debating the merits of womankind and six eulogies and condemnations depicting actual women -- range in style from careful logic and studied eloquence to ribald humor and witty parody. Illuminated by an extensive discussion tying the selections to Renaissance society and traditional literature, this volume is an invaluable resource for scholars and students of literature, history, and women's studies.

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THE DEBATE ABOUT WOMEN
3
THE SOCIAL CONTEXTS
47
THE LITERARY CONTEXTS
99
A Note on Editorial Policy
133
women by Joseph Swetnam 1615
190
Esther hath hanged Haman by Esther Sowernam 1617
217
Joan Hithimhome 1640
305
Monodia by Joshua Sylvester 1594
328
A Pattern for Women by John Mayer 1619
335
The Honor of Virtue 1620
344
The Arraignment and burning of Margaret Ferneseede
352
A pitiless Mother 1616
360
The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret
369
Selected Bibliography of Pamphlets from the Controversy
381
Index
387
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Katherine Usher Henderson and Barbara F. McManus are faculty members at the College of New Rochelle in New York, where Henderson is professor of English and McManus is associate professor of classics and English.

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