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Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650-1850

This interdisciplinary study uncovers a fascination with women cross dressers in the popular literature of early modern Britain, in a wide range of texts from popular ballads and chapbook life histories to the comedies and tragedies of aristocratic literature. Dugaw demonstrates the extent to which gender and sexuality are enacted as constructs of history.

250 pages | 14 halftones, 4 line drawings, 12 musical examples | 6 x 9 | © 1989, 1995

Gay and Lesbian Studies

History: General History

Women's Studies

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Prologue
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 favorites, 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
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
Appendix
Select bibliography
Index

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