The Female Tragic Hero in English Renaissance Drama

  • Editors
  • Naomi Conn Liebler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Naomi Conn Liebler
    Pages 1-31
  3. Robert S. Miola
    Pages 33-50
  4. Judith Weil
    Pages 51-69
  5. Mimi Still Dixon
    Pages 71-91
  6. Linda Woodbridge
    Pages 161-184
  7. Laura Denker, Laurie Maguire
    Pages 185-198
  8. Jeanne Addison Roberts
    Pages 199-215
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 217-242

About this book


This book constitutes a new direction for feminist studies in English Renaissance drama. While feminist scholars have long celebrated heroic females in comedies, many have overlooked female tragic heroism, reading it instead as evidence of pervasive misogyny on the part of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Displacing prevailing arguments of "victim feminism," the contributors to this volume engage a wide range of feminist theories, and argue that female protagonists in tragedies - Jocasta, Juliet, Cleopatra, Mariam, Webster's Duchess and White Devil, among others - are heroic in precisely the same ways as their more notorious masculine counterparts.


Euripides misogyny Renaissance women

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