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The Resource Words like daggers : violent female speech in early modern England, Kirilka Stavreva, (electronic resource)

Words like daggers : violent female speech in early modern England, Kirilka Stavreva, (electronic resource)

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Words like daggers : violent female speech in early modern England
Title
Words like daggers
Title remainder
violent female speech in early modern England
Statement of responsibility
Kirilka Stavreva
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Dramatic and documentary narratives about aggressive and garrulous women often cast such women as reckless and ultimately unsuccessful usurpers of cultural authority. Contending narratives, however, sometimes within the same texts, point to the effective subversion and undoing of the normative restrictions of social and gender hierarchies. Words Like Daggers explores the scolding invectives, malevolent curses, and ecstatic prophesies of early modern women as attested to in legal documents, letters, self-narratives, popular pamphlets, ballads, and dramas of the era. Examining the framing and performance of violent female speech between the 1590s and the 1660s, Kirilka Stavreva dismantles the myth of the silent and obedient women who allegedly populated early modern England. Blending gender theory with detailed historical analysis, Words Like Daggers asserts the power of women's language--the power to subvert binaries and destabilize social hierarchies, particularly those of gender, in the early modern era. In the process Stavreva reconstructs the speech acts of individual contentious women, such as the scold Janet Dalton, the witch Alice Samuel, and the Quaker Elizabeth Stirredge. Because the dramatic potential of women's powerful rhetorical performances was recognized not only by victims and witnesses of individual violent speech acts but also by theater professionals, Stavreva also focuses on how the stage, arguably the most influential cultural institution of the Renaissance era, orchestrated and aestheticized women's fighting words and, in so doing, showcased and augmented their cultural significance."--
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Stavreva, Kirilka
Dewey number
820.9/9287
LC call number
PR428.W63
LC item number
S73 2015
Series statement
Early modern cultural studies
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  • English literature
  • Women
  • Language and languages in literature
  • Women and literature
  • Violence in literature
  • Women in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
  • HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
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Words like daggers : violent female speech in early modern England, Kirilka Stavreva, (electronic resource)
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-194) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001383935
Dimensions
24 cm.
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unknown
Extent
xxiv, 202 pages
Isbn
9780803254886
Lccn
2014025633
Other physical details
illustrations
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remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0001383935
Label
Words like daggers : violent female speech in early modern England, Kirilka Stavreva, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-194) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001383935
Dimensions
24 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xxiv, 202 pages
Isbn
9780803254886
Lccn
2014025633
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001383935

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