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The Subject of Elizabeth: Authority, Gender, and Representation (Hardback)
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The Subject of Elizabeth: Authority, Gender, and Representation (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 04/09/2007
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As a woman wielding public authority, Elizabeth I embodied a paradox at the very center of sixteenth-century patriarchal English society. Louis Montrose's long-awaited book, "The Subject of Elizabeth", illuminates the ways in which the Queen and her subjects variously exploited or obfuscated this contradiction. Montrose offers a masterful account of the texts, pictures, and performances in which the Queen was represented to her people, to her court, to foreign powers, and to Elizabeth herself. Retrieving this "Elizabethan imaginary" in all its richness and fascination, Montrose presents a sweeping new account of Elizabethan political culture. Along the way, he explores the representation of Elizabeth within the traditions of Tudor dynastic portraiture; explains the symbolic manipulation of Elizabeth's body by both supporters and enemies of her regime; and considers how Elizabeth's advancing age provided new occasions for misogynistic subversions of her royal charisma. This book, the remarkable product of two decades of study by one of our most respected Renaissance scholars, will be welcomed by all historians, literary scholars, and art historians of the period.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226534732
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 684 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 29 mm


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"A fascinating acount of [Elizabeth''s] representation as a woman ruler in a patriarchal society and of her councilor''s attempts to take political advantage of her gender while simultaneously working to contain its perceived frailties. . . . This important interdisciplinary work offers valuable insights into her culture and will be of interest to all Elizabethan scholars." -- Retha M. Warnicke "Renaissance Quarterly"
"Twenty-five years ago Louis Montrose''s pioneering essay ''Eliza Queen of Shepherdes and the Pastoral of Power'' cracked one of the crucial codes of Elizabethan celebratory rhetoric. His new book, addressing the complex and contradictory nature of Elizabeth as performer and spectacle, finally fulfills a very old promise. This is an important and fascinating book, and it is wonderful to have it at last."-Stephen Orgel, author of The Authentic Shakespeare
"Twenty-five years ago Louis Montrose's pioneering essay 'Eliza Queen of Shepherdes and the Pastoral of Power' cracked one of the crucial codes of Elizabethan celebratory rhetoric. His new book, addressing the complex and contradictory nature of Elizabeth as performer and spectacle, finally fulfills a very old promise. This is an important and fascinating book, and it is wonderful to have it at last."--Stephen Orgel, author of The Authentic Shakespeare
"A fascinating acount of [Elizabeth's] representation as a woman ruler in a patriarchal society and of her councilor's attempts to take political advantage of her gender while simultaneously working to contain its perceived frailties. . . . This important interdisciplinary work offers valuable insights into her culture and will be of interest to all Elizabethan scholars."--Retha M. Warnicke "Renaissance Quarterly "
"In this finely woven tapestry of a book, Louis Montrose draws on and reorients his substantial writings on the world of Elizabethan imagery as he explores the competing and diverse representations of the queen. . . . "The Subject of Elizabeth" offers easy and rewarding access into the challenging world of the Elizabethan court."--Mary Hill Cole "Literature and History "
"McKee has done an admirable job bringing this extraordinary woman to life. The selections are well chosen, and include samples from an entire lifetime of work. . . . I heartily recommend this book and applaud McKee's decision to issue these important texts."--Tryntje Helfferich "H-Net Review "

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