Women and Geography on the Early Modern English Stage
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Women and Geography on the Early Modern English Stage
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€ 98,99
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9789048544226
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276
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English
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
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List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter One Confuting Those Blind Geographers: Christopher Marlowe's Spectacle of Maps and the Female Body Chapter Two 'T'illumine the now obscurèd Palestine': Elizabeth Cary and the Mapping of Early Modern Marriage and Colonialism Chapter Three 'Willing to pay their maidenheads': Thomas Heywood and the Cartography of Bodily Commerce Chapter Four 'The Fort of her Chastity': Cavendish's Mapmakers of Virtue Conclusion Women as World-Writers Bibliography Index
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Katja Pilhuj

Women and Geography on the Early Modern English Stage

In a late 1590s atlas proof from cartographer John Speed, Queen Elizabeth appears, crowned and brandishing a ruler as the map's scale-of-miles. Not just a map key, the queen's depiction here presents her as a powerful arbiter of measurement in her kingdom. For Speed, the queen was a formidable female presence, authoritative, ready to measure any place or person. The atlas, finished during James' reign, later omitted her picture. But this disappearance did not mean Elizabeth vanished entirely; her image and her connection to geography appear in multiple plays and maps. Elizabeth becomes, like the ruler she holds, an instrument applied and adapted. Women and Geography on the Early Modern English Stage explores the ways in which mapmakers, playwrights, and audiences in early modern England could, following their queen's example, use the ideas of geography, or 'world-writing', to reshape the symbolic import of the female body and territory to create new identities. The book demonstrates how early modern mapmakers and dramatists -- men and women -- conceived of and constructed identities within a discourse of fluid ideas about space and gender.
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Katja Pilhuj

Katja Pilhuj is Associate Professor of English in the Department of English, Fine Arts, and Communication at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.