Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-viii

In 1989, having been scheduled to teach the then required undergraduate survey course in Renaissance and Baroque Literature at the University of Maryland, I found in my mailbox a large packet from my colleague Jane Donawerth. The invaluable contents of this packet, which had been assembled by a college...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-9

I will begin with some meager and probably by now familiar facts. Aemilia Lanyer was the daughter of Baptist Bassano, a Christianized Venetian Jew, who was a member of the queen's music, and Margaret Johnson, his common-law wife. In 1592, at the age of twenty-three, she was married to Alfonso Lanyer, also a musician,,,

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1. A.L. Rowse's Dark Lady

David Bevington

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pp. 10-28

In what may be his most notorious claim to have solved a literary riddle through historical "method," A.L. Rowse announced to the waiting world in 1964 and then in 1973 that he was hot on the trail of the identity of the "dark lady" in Shakespeare's sonnets. Despairing at first of a solution, he then triumphantly proclaimed "The Problem Solved" in his...

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2. Looking for Patrons

Leeds Barroll

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pp. 29-48

In recent years, the emerging body of scholarship on Aemilia Lanyer and her work, suitably represented by the present volume, attests to a new critical awareness of the importance of women writers to early modern cultural history. My own recent work in another area of that history-the court of Queen Anne, consort of King James-has been...

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3. Seizing Discourses and Reinventing Genres

Barbara K. Lewalski

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pp. 49-59

Aemilia Lanyer-gentlewoman-in-decline, daughter and wife of court musicians, cast -off mistress of Queen Elizabeth's Lord Chamberlain, Henry Hunsdon (to whom she bore an illegitimate child)-is the first Englishwoman to publish a substantial volume of original poems, Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (1611). These poems are now beginning to...

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4. Sacred Celebration: The Patronage Poems

Kari Boyd McBride

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pp. 60-82

The forms and dynamics of patronage and patronage poetry constitute a significant field of early modern scholarship, as the continuing production of articles, monographs, and collections attest. Yet the difficulty and even embarrassment some readers of Aemilia Lanyer have evinced when confronted by her patronage poems speak to the gendered...

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5. Vocation and Authority: Born to Write

Susanne Woods

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pp. 83-98

Aemilia Lanyer's unapologetic assertion of poetic vocation in Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum is one of its many remarkable qualities. The voice of the public writer infuses and connects the dedicatory poems, the "Salve Deus" narrative, and "The Description of Cooke-ham."1 Although either Lanyer or her publisher uses the book's title page to derive authority...

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6. The Feminist Poetics of "Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum"

Janel Mueller

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pp. 99-127

The year 1611 saw the publication, in London, of the first volume of poetry in English written by a woman: Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum. Its title page identified the poet as "Mistris Aemilia Lanyer, Wife to Captaine Alfonso Lanyer Servant to the Kings Majestie." In the expatiating fashion of the time, the title page also highlighted the following...

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7. The Gendering of Genre: Literary History and the Canon

Marshall Grossman

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pp. 128-142

In what ways does Aemilia Lanyer solicit us to think about the theory and practice of literary history? In general, when we write the history of literature we construct a variety of narratives to connect events, works, styles, writers, genres-what have you-over time. The narratives so constructed serve not only to represent the...

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8. (M)other Tongues: Maternity and Subjectivity

Naomi J. Miller

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pp. 143-166

In the present essay, I have chosen to focus upon Aemilia Lanyer's representations of women as at once mothers and others in the Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum, in order to consider the complex dynamic linking maternity and subjectivity in early modern England. Given that married women who remained childless were considered to be...

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9. The Love of Other Women: Rich Chains and Sweet Kisses

Michael Morgan Holmes

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pp. 167-190

Aemilia Lanyer devoted herself to God and other women. Her visions of past and future utopian worlds consistently place love of the deity in and through a community of women at the center of social order. Scholars such as Barbara Lewalski, Lynette McGrath, and Janel Mueller have discussed the importance offemale association to...

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10. The Gospel According to Aemilia: Women and the Sacred

Achsah Guibbory

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pp. 191-211

In the history of Western religion, women have had a far more ambiguous relation to the sacred than men. Although women were celebrated in the Hebrew Bible for their heroism and devotion to God, it was men, we are told, who were the priests and prophets chosen for God's service. With the destruction of the temple in 70 C.E., the...

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11. "Pardon ... though I have digrest": Digression as Style in "Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum"

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pp. 212-233

Despite Barbara Lewalski's outline of Aemilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum, 1 there has been little work on the rhetorical textures of the central poem of the volume. In particular, little attention has been paid to the opening and closing sections of that poem-those which frame the much discussed...

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12. Annotated Bibliography: Texts and Criticism of Aemilia Bassano Lanyer

Karen L. Nelson

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pp. 234-254

This bibliography is designed as an aid to scholars and teachers of Aemilia Lanyer's life and work. It includes general references in literary dictionaries as well as full-length studies of Lanyer's texts, and refers to anthologies in which Lanyer's writing is excerpted as well as to more complete editions of her work. My goal is to offer a resource for...

List of Contributors

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pp. 255-256

Index

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pp. 257-264