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The Girlhood of Shakespeare's SistersGender, Transgression, Adolescence$
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Jennifer Higginbotham

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748655908

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748655908.001.0001

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Voicing Girlhood: Women's Life Writing and Narratives of Childhood

Voicing Girlhood: Women's Life Writing and Narratives of Childhood

(p.179) Chapter 5 Voicing Girlhood: Women's Life Writing and Narratives of Childhood
The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Sisters

Jennifer Higginbotham

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the way early modern women represented their own girlhoods, raising questions about where and how girls spoke in early modern texts and what kinds of cultural work their voices did. In contrast to the static, predominantly symbolic role that female children played on the public stage, female youth appears prominently in early modern autobiographies. Although mediated through the retrospective lens of adult memories, girls’ voices are accessible through women writers such as Margaret Clifford, Anne Clifford, Grace Mildmay, and Rose Hickman Throckmorton.

Keywords:   Life writing, Girls, Girlhoods, Female Children, Autobiographies, Women writers, Anne Clifford, Grace Mildmay, Rose Hickman Throckmorton, Margaret Clifford

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