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Early Women Dramatists 1550–1800


  • Analyses hitherto neglected authors and works, including the key texts of the major female authors of the period
    Discusses the works in relation to contemporary culture and provides historical summaries
    Traces the development of a female tradition.

Part of the English Dramatists book series (ENGDRAMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Sixteenth and Early Seventeeth Centuries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-5
  3. The Restoration and Turn of the Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-21
    2. Margarete Rubik
      Pages 32-56
    3. Margarete Rubik
      Pages 57-92
    4. Margarete Rubik
      Pages 93-112
  4. The Eighteenth Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-117
    2. Margarete Rubik
      Pages 118-135
    3. Margarete Rubik
      Pages 136-166
    4. Margarete Rubik
      Pages 167-185
  5. Performance and Tradition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Margarete Rubik
      Pages 197-202
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 209-219

About this book


A comprehensive survey of women's drama between the Renaissance and the end of the eighteenth century, assessing the plays' characteristic features and the ruptures in the text indicating the writers' precarious social and artistic position and ambiguous stances to their own creativity and sex. Chapters are devoted to individual writers as well as to general developments in specific periods. The most significant plays are analysed in detail and related to the male literary canon of the time in order to stress both their originality and the existence of an, albeit tentative, female literary tradition.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of ViennaAustria

About the authors

MARGARETE RUBIK is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Vienna, having studied English and History in Vienna and American Studies at the University of Southern California. She has published extensively on women's drama and the Victorian novel.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Early Women Dramatists 1550–1800
  • Authors Margarete Rubik
  • Series Title English Dramatists
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Margarete Rubik 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-63025-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-63026-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-26275-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 240
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Gender Studies
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