Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Sixteenth and Early Seventeeth Centuries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-5
  3. The Restoration and Turn of the Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-21
    2. Margarete Rubik
      Pages 32-56
    3. Margarete Rubik
      Pages 57-92
    4. Margarete Rubik
      Pages 93-112
  4. The Eighteenth Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-117
    2. Margarete Rubik
      Pages 118-135
    3. Margarete Rubik
      Pages 136-166
    4. Margarete Rubik
      Pages 167-185
  5. Performance and Tradition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Margarete Rubik
      Pages 197-202
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 209-219

About this book


A comprehensive survey of women's drama between the Renaissance and the end of the eighteenth century, assessing the plays' characteristic features and the ruptures in the text indicating the writers' precarious social and artistic position and ambiguous stances to their own creativity and sex. Chapters are devoted to individual writers as well as to general developments in specific periods. The most significant plays are analysed in detail and related to the male literary canon of the time in order to stress both their originality and the existence of an, albeit tentative, female literary tradition.


drama dramatist Renaissance women

Authors and affiliations

  • Margarete Rubik
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ViennaAustria

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