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Title:Work in Progress: Gender and Politics in Late Elizabethan Progress Entertainments
Author(s):Kolkovich, Elizabeth Zeman
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Carol Thomas Neely
Department / Program:English
Discipline:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Performing Arts
Abstract:My study focuses on five late entertainments that feature women in prominent roles at Bisham Abbey (1592), Sudeley Castle (1592), Rycote Park (1592), Wilton estate (1599), and Harefield manor (1602). I analyze these performances, along with their afterlives in print and manuscript, in their precise historical moments to uncover the specific negotiations each enacts between aristocrats and the Queen. Writers Mary Sidney and Elizabeth Russell, patrons Alice Egerton and Margery Norreys, and young female performers such as Elizabeth Brydges used late Elizabethan progress entertainments to engage directly in debates about gender and political authority and to accomplish a wide range of goals: they lobbied for positions at court, urged the Queen to adopt certain policies, advertised their wealth and influence, and sought further power. I propose that several decades of successful female rule encouraged noblewomen to fashion themselves in the Queen's image and perform political roles.
Issue Date:2009
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:274 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/81457
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3392098
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2009


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