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Foster, Gwendolyn Audrey. Troping the Body: Gender, Etiquette, and Performance. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2000.
- "The gendered bodies in the work of Isabella Whitney enact the contradictory intentions of a nexus of discourses anchored in rules of conduct of the historical period, the politics of gender, and the ambivalence of female authorship." (34)
- "Isabella Whitney rpesents the male body on display, subjct to the female gaze of authority." (34)
- "In the case of the Renaissance female writer, the body is not a given in terms of ownerships, nor is language a given. The female writer must take language, take her body and use whatever rhetorical skill an talent she has to rework the male Word in a female tradition. She must reclaim the female body, which is confiscated from her ontologically from a tradition of misogynist debate and a misogynist physical world." (39)
- "Whitney is important as an example of an early feminist reformer who understood the political implications of the female underclass." (43)
- "Isabella Whitney's role as social arbiter or moralist should be connected to that of the woman prophet." (43)
- "Intersecting in Whitney's every utterance is the web of a feminist heteroglossia." (45)