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Dianne Dugaw's book documents the flourishing of the female warrior heroine in lower-class popular songs of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In well over a hundred ballads during this period, the heroine masquerades as a man, going to war for love and glory. The author examines the ballads, their composition, sale and performance, and relates the warrior women to a wide range of contemporary contexts. These include everyday life for the lower-class population of the period (especially for women), a wide array of literary forms using the motif of disguised women and raising issues…mehr

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Dianne Dugaw's book documents the flourishing of the female warrior heroine in lower-class popular songs of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In well over a hundred ballads during this period, the heroine masquerades as a man, going to war for love and glory. The author examines the ballads, their composition, sale and performance, and relates the warrior women to a wide range of contemporary contexts. These include everyday life for the lower-class population of the period (especially for women), a wide array of literary forms using the motif of disguised women and raising issues relating to gender and masquerading, and the western heroic ideal with its sexual and martial implications. This original study makes valuable connections between popular and polite literary forms, too often segregated in academic studies. From a stimulating feminist persective, Professor Dugaw addresses some timely and contentious issues in this study of refreshingly new source material.

Table of contents:
Acknowledgements; List of figures; Prologue; Part I. The Ballads and Their Heroine: 1. Popular Balladry, Mary Ambree, and the Beginnings of the Female Warrior Motif, 1600-1650; 2. The Fashion for Female Warrior Ballads: New 'Hits' and Old Favourites, 1650-1800; 3. The Museum Life of Mary Ambree and the Decline of the Female Warrior, 1800 to the Present; 4. The Female Warrior Motif as an Idea; Part II. Reading The Female Warrior: 5. The Female Warrior and Everyday Life in the Early Modern World; 6. The Female Warrior and the Construction of Gender; 7. Hic-Mulier: Imaginative Preoccupation and Genotype for the Female Warrior; 8. The Female Warrior, Gay's Polly, and the Heroic Ideal; Epilogue; Notes; Appendix; Selected bibliography.