Readings in Renaissance Women's Drama is the most complete sourcebook for the study of this growing area of inquiry. It brings together, for the first time, a collection of the key critical commentaries and historical essays - both classic and contemporary - on Renaissance women's drama. Specifically designed to provide a comprehensive overview for students, teachers and scholars, this collection combines:
• this century's key critical essays on drama by early modern women by early critics such as Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot
• specially-commissioned new essays by some of today's important feminist critics
• a preface and introduction explaining this selection and contexts of the materials
• a bibliography of secondary sources Playwrights covered include Joanna Lumley, Elizabeth Cary, Mary Sidney, Mary Wroth and the Cavendish sisters.
Reprinted and new essays address a variety of cultural and literary interests relating to women's drama in England from the late 16th to the mid-17th centuries. Passages in Part I represent the way in which the critical history of the Renaissance woman dramatist has developed, and pieces in Part II focus on the social context from which Renaissance women dramatists arose. Essays in Part III look at specific women dramatists from the Early Modern period, following a chronological line from Elizabeth I to Margaret Cavendish. Designed primarily for readers approaching this field for the first time. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)