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Dido's DaughtersLiteracy, Gender, and Empire in Early Modern England and France$
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Margaret W. Ferguson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226243115

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226243184.001.0001

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Making the World Anew

Making the World Anew

Female Literacy as Reformation and Translation in Marguerite de Navarre's Heptaméron

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Dido's Daughters
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the allegories of imperial subjection in Elizabeth Cary's play Tragedy of Mariam. It suggests that this play represented a mode of female literacy that relies on several types of equivocation to articulate a critical perspective on England as an imperial nation. This chapter argues that the setting and the plot of Cary's play suggest an analogical relation between Judea in the years just before Christ's birth and England in the years after its traumatic break from the Church of Rome.

Keywords:   Elizabeth Cary, Tragedy of Marian, imperial subjection, equivocation, England, imperial nation, Church of Rome

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