The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1111 Monday, 9 November 1998.
From: Mary McNally <
Date: Monday, 09 Nov 1998 12:44:34 +0000
Subject: Re: Isabella -Reply
Comment: SHK 9.1100 Re: Isabella -Reply
[Forgive me if this has all been said before] but.... I think that
reading Isabella from a late 20thC [post-feminist...?] perspective we
realise just how disempowered Isabella is in terms of any real control
over her body. She is expected to give up those rights over her
'libidinal economy' and there's much textual evidence to suggest that
she feels very strongly the conflict between her own desire (and fear)
and that old interpellatory pull. Also, just a point of info.....some
very intelligent women 'took the veil' in early modern times because it
was one of the very few ways they could pursue intellectual study as
well as avoiding years of child-bearing.