By Kirilka Stavreva
Dramatic and documentary narratives approximately competitive and garrulous ladies usually solid such girls as reckless and finally unsuccessful usurpers of cultural authority. Contending narratives, besides the fact that, occasionally in the comparable texts, element to the powerful subversion and undoing of the normative regulations of social and gender hierarchies. Words Like Daggers explores the scolding invectives, malevolent curses, and ecstatic prophesies of early glossy ladies as attested to in felony records, letters, self-narratives, renowned pamphlets, ballads, and dramas of the period. reading the framing and function of violent girl speech among the 1590s and the 1660s, Kirilka Stavreva dismantles the parable of the silent and obedient girls who allegedly populated early sleek England.
Blending gender idea with specified old research, Words Like Daggers asserts the ability of women’s language—the strength to subvert binaries and destabilize social hierarchies, fairly these of gender—in the early sleek period. within the technique Stavreva reconstructs the speech acts of person contentious girls, resembling the scold Janet Dalton, the witch Alice Samuel, and the Quaker Elizabeth Stirredge. as the dramatic strength of women’s robust rhetorical performances was once famous not just through sufferers and witnesses of person violent speech acts but in addition by way of theater execs, Stavreva additionally makes a speciality of how the degree, arguably the main influential cultural establishment of the Renaissance, orchestrated and aestheticized women’s combating phrases and, in so doing, showcased and augmented their cultural significance.
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Words Like Daggers: Violent Female Speech in Early Modern England (Early Modern Cultural Studies) by Kirilka Stavreva