By Heidi Hutner
Colonial Women examines the women-as-land metaphor in English colonial dramatic literature of the 17th century, and appears heavily on the myths of 2 ancient local woman figures--Pocahontas of Virginia and Malinche of Mexico--to show how those tales are an important to buildings of gender, race, and English nationhood within the drama and tradition of the period.
Heidi Hutner's interpretations of the determine of the local lady within the performs of Shakespeare, Fletcher, Davenant, Dryden, and Behn show how the English patriarchal tradition of the 17th century outlined itself via representations of local ladies and eu ladies who've "gone native." those playwrights use the determine of the local girl as a symbolic skill to stabilize the turbulent sociopolitical and spiritual conflicts in recovery England less than the inclusive ideology of enlargement and revenue. Colonial Women uncovers the importance of the repeated dramatic spectacle of the local girls falling for her ecu seducer and exploiter, and demonstrates that this photo of seduction is stimulated by means of an anxiety-laden move to augment patriarchal authority in seventeenth-century England.