"This study reveals the complex legal and economic workings of sixteenth-century culture and the representation of women in the literature of this period. It focuses on the importance of the humanist redefiniton of male friendship terms of textuality. Covering a wide range of classical and continental as well as English texts, the book reveals the importance of women's representation to the project of sixteenth-century humanism."-"Cahiers Elizabethains "This is an immensely erudite and far-ranging book . . . it will undoubtedly find eager audiences among new historicists, historians of early modern culture, and literary critics and scholars."-Elizabeth Harvey, University of Western Ontario
In a bold and brilliantly persuasive series of moves, Lorna Hutson draws upon new historicist and feminist theories to examine closely Renaissance literature and the cultural impact of the humanist project. The Usurer's Daughter
* provides startling new readings of Shakespeare
* takes an entirely new approach to classical scholarship
* focuses attention on the central importance of the history of the representation of women
* illuminates how social relations between men were textualised during the early modern period.