Cary, Elizabeth Tanfield, Viscountess Falkland Criticism - Essay

Sandra K. Fischer (essay date 1985)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: "Elizabeth Cary and Tyranny, Domestic and Religious," in Silent But for the Word: Tudor Women as Patrons, Translators, and Writers of Religious Works, edited by Margaret Patterson Hannay, The Kent State University Press, 1985, pp. 225-37.

[In the following excerpt, Fischer argues that Cary's writings, in particular The Tragedie of Mariam, confront the political and domestic hardships that she suffered as a repercussion of her conversion to Catholicism.]

Lady Elizabeth Tanfield Cary, Viscountess Falkland (1585-1639), was the chiefly self-educated daughter and heiress of a genteel Renaissance family. She has been remembered primarily for her Catholic...

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Tina Krontiris (essay date 1990)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: "Style and Gender in Elizabeth Cary's Edward II," in The Renaissance Englishwoman in Print: Counterbalancing the Canon, edited by Anne M. Haselkorn and Betty S. Travitsky, Amherst: The University of Massachusetts Press, 1990, pp. 137-53.

[In the following essay, Krontiris considers possible autobiographical elements in The History of the Life, Reign, and Death of Edward II and compares the work with The Tragedie of Mariam, outlining Cary's maturation as a writer. She also examines "the possible influence of religion in [Cary's] development."]

Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland, has been known primarily as the author of Mariam, a closet...

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Margaret W. Ferguson (essay date 1991)

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

SOURCE: "Running On with Almost Public Voice: The Case of 'E.C.'," in Traditions and the Talents of Women, edited by Florence Howe, University of Illinois Press, 1991, pp. 37-67.

[An American educator and critic, Ferguson has written and co-written a number of studies of Renaissance literature, including Trials of Desire: Renaissance Defenses of Poetry (1983) and Rewriting the Renaissance: The Discourses of Sexual Difference in Early Modern Europe (1986). In the following essay, Ferguson assesses "the feminist political significance" of The Tragedie of Mariam and explores the work's "extremely ambivalent ideological statement about women as male 'property.'"]...

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