At once pervasive and marginal, appealing and repellent, exemplary and atypical, the women of the Bible provoke an assortment of readings across early modern literature. Biblical women in early modern literary culture, 1550-1700 draws attention to the complex ways in which biblical women's narratives could be reimagined for a variety of rhetorical and religious purposes.
Considering a confessionally diverse range of writers, working across a variety of genres, this volume reveals how women from the Old and New Testaments exhibit an ideological power that frequently exceeds, both in scope and substance, their associated scriptural records. The essays explore how the Bible's women are fluidly negotiated and diversely redeployed to offer (conflicting) comment on issues including female authority, speech and sexuality, and in discussions of doctrine, confessional politics, exploration and grief. As it explores the rich ideological currency of the Bible's women in early modern culture, this volume demonstrates that the Bible's women are persistently difficult to evade.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 25 mm
'This is a splendid collection of essays and an important contribution to both feminist historiography of the Renaissance and the place of the Bible in the intellectual culture of the era. It should find a ready readership across a number of interlocking interests - literary, feminist, historical, theological, and political theory.'
Kevin Killeen, University of York, Renaissance Quarterly Volume LXIX, No. 2
'It contains fourteen chapters which together constitute an impressive wealth of expertise on the topic of the Bible and its reception in early modern English society....A broad yet focused collection, containing enough material to offer something new to all readers, Biblical Women in Early Modern Literary Culture 1550-1700 should certainly live up to its editors' hope for it.'
Robert F. W. Smith, The Journal of Northern Renaissance
'This ambitious and scholarly collection of essays addresses the complex, often contradictory, and sometimes strikingly counterintuitive ways that biblical women characters were analysed, interpreted, and appropriated in early modern discourses.'
Anne Russell, Wilfrid Laurier University, Renaissance and Reformation 39.2 Spring 2016 -- .