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"Neither Maide, Wife or Widow":Ester Sowernam and the Book of Esther

Carruthers, Jo (2003) "Neither Maide, Wife or Widow":Ester Sowernam and the Book of Esther. Prose Studies : History, Theory, Criticism, 26 (3). pp. 321-343. ISSN 0144-0357

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Abstract

Ester Sowernam's pamphlet, Ester Hath Hang'd Haman (1617), although explicitly anti-misogynistic, has been treated with suspicion in feminist studies because its title-page riddle and pseudonym problematize female authorship. This article discusses the issues surrounding authorship that the pamphlet provokes, and more specifically the tension between biological and discursively constructed identity that concerns gender studies. It also provides the most extensive contextualization of the work to date: a reception history of its prime intertext, the Book of Esther. By providing the framework through which the pamphlet would most likely have been read, both the pamphlet and the hitherto unsolved riddle are illuminated.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Prose Studies : History, Theory, Criticism
Subjects:
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > English & Creative Writing
ID Code: 67852
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 06 Dec 2013 11:10
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 05:33
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/67852

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