Aemilia Bassano Lanyer sought public fame as a poet in 1611, at the height of the largely misogynistic reign of James I. This book situates her life and work among those major poets of Elizabethan and Jacobean England with whom she may have had some contact, such as Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Donne, and who represent the context for her own unique voice.
Susanne Woods, Professor of English, Franklin and Marshall College
"Specialists in Lanyer should not be the only ones to greet Woods's latest book with enthusiasm, however. Students and teachers who have struggled to see recently recovered authors such as Lanyer in the context of a traditional canon will find this a most helpful resource. Likewise, those whose interest in literature by women has led them back in time to periods with which they are not entirely familiar will find this an excellent study, as it combines meticulous scholarship and close reading to situate Lanyer thematically and stylistically in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries." - Brenda J. Powell, Christianity and Literature
"a study that is virtually free from jargon yet sprinkled with gems of insights that result from the application of newer theoretical approaches" - Brenda J. Powell, Christianity and Literature
"Lanyer is above all a major contribution to conversations about canon formation and the potential contributions of recovered women writers to an understanding of early modern literature" - Brenda J. Powell, Christianity and Literature
"inestimable contribution to the study both of gender and of early modern literature ... helpful even with beginners" - Margaret J.Arnold, Renaissance Quarterly
"Wood challenges traditional upholders of the canon to measure Lanyer's part within it. At the same time her clear explanaton of such basic concepts as Humanism and Protestantism make her work accessible to students and new scholars ... Wood's placement of Lanyer with Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, and Donne add valuable insight into the literary ties of the period ... Lanyer's book is ... clear in structure, meticulous in detail, and stimulating in her consideration of the ways Lanyer suits her time and also contributes to our present interest in the Renaissance." - Margaret J.Arnold, Renaissance Quarterly