posted April 17, 2000

Book on English Women Writers

Linda L. Dove, assistant professor of English at Hope College, is co-editor of a book published this month by Syracuse University Press.

          "Women, Writing, and the Reproduction of Culture
  in Tudor and Stuart Britain" is a collection of 14 essays
  which explore ways that women writers in England from 1560
  to 1630 were not only shaped by their culture but also
  helped to shape and reproduce culture through their writing.
  The volume breaks new ground as the only collection of early
  modern British women's writing to draw primarily on feminist
  cultural studies.
          Dove also contributed an essay to the volume,
  "Mary Wroth and the Politics of the Household in 'Pamphilia
  to Amphilanthus.'"  The essay examines how Wroth adapted to
  her literary and political purposes the genre of the sonnet
  sequence, more commonly used by male writers.  Wroth's poems
  challenge King James's absolute authority by creating a
  vision of an idealized love match--Cupid and the female
  speaker in the poems joined in marriage and reigning in a
  happy partnership--which works simultaneously as a model of
  good government, as the right relationship between ruler and
  people.
          A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Dove earned
  her graduate degrees at the University of Maryland at
  College Park and is currently in her third year as a faculty
  member at Hope.  She is the author of several scholarly
  articles on the literature the English Renaissance period
  and has delivered papers or chaired sessions at a dozen
  scholarly conferences.
          Dove has nearly completed work on another book,
  "Women at Variance: Sonnet Sequences and Social Commentary
  in Early Modern England," and has begun research on a book-
  length study tentatively titled "Riddling the Renaissance:
  Visual Verses and Poetic Puzzles in Early Modern England."