Women, Beauty and Power in Early Modern England PDF ePub eBook

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Women, Beauty and Power in Early Modern England free pdf In early modern England, beautiful women occupied a central cultural place. As subjects of poetry and painting by men, Sidney's Stella, Spenser's Elizabeth, and Shakespeare's Dark Lady are well known. We know much less about how early modern women regarded beauty culture. Divided into three sections, on cosmetics, clothes, and hairstyling, individual chapters focus on fiction by Aphra Behn, Mary Wroth, and Margaret Cavendish, advice by Elizabeth Jocelin, Queen Henrietta's Maria's masques and a printed volume of recipes, and manuscript writing-domestic recipe collections, account books, letters, and historical chronicles-by Margaret Spencer, Brilliana Harley, Anne Clifford, and others. Through beauty practices, women developed their knowledge of medicine and employed their understanding of the body's cultural meanings. Skin, clothes, and hair could be used to represent racial, class, and gender identities, to convey political, religious, and philosophical ideals, and to question how literature commonly represented women as objects of desire.

About Edith Snook

Edith Snook is Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. She is the author of Women, Reading, and the Cultural Politics of Early Modern England (2005) and of articles considering maternal advice, medicine, and reading in early modern women's writing.

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Author : Edith Snook
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Data Published : 01 June 2015
ISBN : 1137503688
EAN : 9781137503688
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 240 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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