Early Modern Women’s Writing and the Rhetoric of Modesty by Patricia Pender (review)

Early Modern Women’s Writing and the Rhetoric of Modesty by Patricia Pender (review) 266 Reviews which offers much more of many aspects of the lives of medieval children, numerous illustrations, a full bibliography, and detailed notes. That should not be considered mere carping, but rather an affirmation that Fleas, Flies, and Friars piques the appetite but does not really satisfy it, as Orme's other works are more likely to do. Rosemary Greentree Discipline of English The University of Adelaide Pender, Patricia, Early Modern Women's Writing and the Rhetoric of Modesty (Early Modern Literature in History), Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012; cloth; pp. x, 218; R.R.P. £50.00; ISBN 9780230362246. Patricia Pender's engaging and thoroughly researched book argues that early modern women writers' uses of modesty tropes need to be taken as just that ­ that is, as the use of conventional tropes available to male and female writers alike. Such tropes should be read, Pender writes, as the marks of `literariness', not as endorsements of misogynistic exhortations for women to remain silent and subordinate (p. 3). Although current feminist scholarship has, to some extent, recognized this fact, Pender argues that literal readings of modesty tropes have continued to inform women's literary history and limit our understanding of what those tropes signified for their http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Parergon Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)

Early Modern Women’s Writing and the Rhetoric of Modesty by Patricia Pender (review)

Parergon, Volume 30 (1) – Sep 13, 2013

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266 Reviews which offers much more of many aspects of the lives of medieval children, numerous illustrations, a full bibliography, and detailed notes. That should not be considered mere carping, but rather an affirmation that Fleas, Flies, and Friars piques the appetite but does not really satisfy it, as Orme's other works are more likely to do. Rosemary Greentree Discipline of English The University of Adelaide Pender, Patricia, Early Modern Women's Writing and the Rhetoric of Modesty (Early Modern Literature in History), Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012; cloth; pp. x, 218; R.R.P. £50.00; ISBN 9780230362246. Patricia Pender's engaging and thoroughly researched book argues that early modern women writers' uses of modesty tropes need to be taken as just that ­ that is, as the use of conventional tropes available to male and female writers alike. Such tropes should be read, Pender writes, as the marks of `literariness', not as endorsements of misogynistic exhortations for women to remain silent and subordinate (p. 3). Although current feminist scholarship has, to some extent, recognized this fact, Pender argues that literal readings of modesty tropes have continued to inform women's literary history and limit our understanding of what those tropes signified for their

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