By Tamara Harvey
Creative in its process and provocative in its research, this examine bargains clean readings of the arguments and practices of 4 seventeenth-century Euro-American ladies: Anne Bradstreet, Anne Hutchinson, Sor Juana Ines de los angeles Cruz, and Marie de l'Incarnation. Tamara Harvey right here compares functionalist remedies of the physique by means of those ladies, supplying a brand new approach to reflect on corporeality as a tool in literary and non secular expressions of modesty via girls. In doing so, Harvey explores the engagement of those girls in ongoing non secular, political, clinical and social debates that will were understood by way of the authors' contemporaries in either Europe and the US.
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The others’ critiques are indirectly revealed as slanders insofar as Flegme’s apologies are at odds with her concise and reasonable argument. While Choler, Blood, and Melancholy are not entirely aware of their boastfulness, sophistry, and paranoia, respectively, Flegme seems aware of her brevity and focused, knowledgeable argument even as she denies both. Thus, her promise to fall silent involves ironically conceding to slurs that an astute reader will recognize do not ﬁt her argument. Her promise to say less suggests modesty as shame while her argument is better understood as an exercise of modesty as keeping due measure.
Blood and Melancholy respond to Choler’s calumnies and argue for their own importance, yet their responses are guided by the form and terms of Choler’s attack—they vie for preeminence along the same symbolic scale. But Flegme, who in many ways appears to be most angered by Choler, changes the terms of the argument so as to win on her own terms and on Choler’s. She wins a direct confrontation while nonetheless arguing 28 Figuring Modesty in Feminist Discourse Across the Americas, 1633–1700 for a peaceful coexistence that challenges the logic of hierarchical confrontation.
Two characterizations by the others bear most on her presentation. As Melancholy summarizes it: “I’ve done, pray Sister 12 Both Henricus Cornelius Agrippa and Christine de Pizan cast in a positive light the stories of women frequently cited in misogynist texts. ” (l. 692) also raises the problem of historical representation. 32 Figuring Modesty in Feminist Discourse Across the Americas, 1633–1700 Flegme proceed in course,/We shal expect much sound, but little force” (37). Flegme acknowledges this at the end of her defense.