Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 October 2010

192 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719083259

Bookseller Code (06)


A Moving Rhetoricke

Gender and silence in early modern England

Christina Luckyj

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Deals with the complex history of silence, which provides an important framework for rethinking gender in Early Modern England and for challenging critical approaches to it
  • Silence was an unstable and contested site of meaning for early modern men and women alike
  • Masculine silence frequently imitated feminine self-containment, whilst feminine silence was an unstable element in a triad of virtues (chastity, silence and obedience)
  • Luckyj's research explores these fluid and multiple meanings of early modern silence and relates them to the literature of the age
  • The book offers new interpretations of critical moments in some of Shakespeare's best-known plays - including 'King Lear', 'Hamlet', and 'Coriolanus
  • The book devotes an entire chapter to works by early modern women writers, who are increasingly prominent in undergraduate curricula

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