Elizabeth I: The Competition for Representation

Elizabeth I: The Competition for Representation Elizabeth I Is Perhaps The Most Visible Woman In Early Modern Europe, Yet Little Attention Has Been Paid To What She Said About The Difficulties Of Constructing Her Power In A Patriarchal Society This Revisionist Study Examines Her Struggle For Authority Through The Representation Of Her Female Body Based On A Variety Of Extant Historical And Literary Materials, Frye S Interpretation Focuses On Three Representational Crises Spaced Fifteen Years Apart The London Coronation Of 1559, The Kenilworth Entertainments Of 1575, And The Publication Of The Faerie Queene In 1590 In Ways Which Varied With Social Class And Historical Circumstance, The London Merchants, The Members Of The Protestant Faction, Courtly Artists, And Artful Courtiers All Sought To Stabilize Their Own Gendered Identities By Constructing The Queen Within The Natural Definitions Of The Feminine As Passive And Weak Elizabeth Fought Back, Acting As A Discursive Agent By Crossing, And Thus Disrupting, These Definitions She And Those Closely Identified With Her Interests Evolved A Number Of Strategies Through Which To Express Her Political Control In Terms Of The Ownership Of Her Body, Including Her Elaborate Iconography And A Mythic Biography Upon Which Most Accounts Of Elizabeth S Life Have Been Based The Authoritative Her Image Became, The Vigorously It Was Contested In A Process Which This Study Examines And Consciously Perpetuates Elizabeth I The Competition For Representation Offers An Exciting New Feminist Take On Political Power As Wielded Through The Printed Word Important Reading For Students And Scholars, As Well As For The General Reader Interested In Renaissance Literature And History, SusanFrye S Study Weaves Together Historical, Literary, And Sociopolitical Factors Into A Fascinating Feminist Historicist Reading Of The Reign Of Elizabeth I.

10 thoughts on “Elizabeth I: The Competition for Representation

  1. says:

    For readers of Shakespeare s plays, this book is a reminder of the importance of acting and performance in the politics of Queen Elizabeth s court throughout her reign Susan Frye focuses on three events the aldermen s pageant welcoming the new queen to London in 1559, the entertainments at Robert Dudley s Kenilworth in 1575, and the publication of the first three books of Spenser s Faerie Queene in 1590 as well as other events of the 1590s to show how Elizabeth increasingly gained control over the ways she was represented Building on the work of many other scholars and carefully examining contemporary texts so that notes and bibliography occupy a quarter of this book s pages , Frye establishes Elizabeth s resistance to the court s prevailing masculine di...

  2. says:

    The debate over who was responsible for Elizabeth s image s as Gloriana, the Virgin Queen, continues Frye takes one of the subtle views and examines the way the very contestation of images created the representations we still hold today.Taking an overtly feminist stance, Frye especially explores the role of gender and Elizabeth s own agency, and the way she both worked within contemporary gender roles while simultaneously problematising them.This is especially good on the 1590s, the difficult last decade of Elizabeth s reign, when she turned 60 and yet still appeared in her portraits as the immortal beauty Frye s readings take in literary represen...

  3. says:

    A must read for anyone interested in Queen Elizabeth I s reign and the complex relationships she had with the court, other countries, and her own people as a female monarch.

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