By Betty Travitsky, Anne Lake Prescott
Such a lot anthologies of Renaissance writing comprise merely (or predominantly) male writers, while those who specialise in ladies contain girls completely. This ebook is the 1st to survey either in an built-in type. Its texts include quite a lot of canonical and non-canonical writing―including a few new and demanding discoveries. The texts are prepared in order that writing by way of men and women is gifted jointly, now not in a "point-counterpoint" approach that might "square off" male and female writers opposed to each other, yet particularly in pairs, occasionally clusters, of texts during which women's writing is foregrounded whilst it seems that with writing via men.
The anthology arranges lately recovered texts into exciting styles, juxtaposing, for instance, Aemelia Lanyer's state residence poem with an expression of a special form of nostalgia by means of Surrey. It contains unconventional voices, as within the homoerotic poems by means of Richard Barnfield or the potentially lesbian poems through Katherine Philips. It makes newly on hand the voices of English Marrano ladies (secret Jews) and the Miltonic poetry of Jean Lead.