Type of Document Thesis Author Jackson, Elizabeth URN etd-05072009-155703 Title The Golden Speech; A Look at the Legacy of the Last Speech by Queen Elizabeth I to Parliament Degree Master of Arts Department English, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title A.E.B. Coldiron Committee Chair Elizabeth Spiller Committee Member Meegan Kennedy Hanson Committee Member Keywords
- Parliamentary rhetoric
Date of Defense 2009-03-24 Availability unrestricted AbstractFor my project, I have taken Queen Elizabeth Iís last speech to Parliament in November 1601, the Golden Speech, and looked at every time it was printed under King James I, King Charles I, the Interregnum, and King Charles II. The first chapter explores the rhetorical techniques Elizabeth employed. The second chapter examines the historical context surrounding each time the speech was reprinted in 1628, 1642, 1647, 1659, and 1679. The final chapter compares the paratexts of each edition with the printing trends and technologies available at that particular time.
My research is beneficial to two areas of study. First, to early modern scholarship: with new technology, we are able to learn more and more about this period. The Renaissance owns many brilliant writers and thinkers. Projects like mine let us rediscover genius in a new fashion: through a printerís brain, or through a later generationís reception. For example, how do Elizabethís strong words of leadership help us better understand the leadership in the century following her death? Printers have the power to change interpretations.
Secondly, in the plight for womenís recognition: in many ways, we have tokenized Elizabeth, exploring her rhetoric as maternal or virginal, lauding her ability to use her gender as a means of power. When all is said and done, she was a good leader, woman or not. If we can study her and her legacy and influence outside of her gender, we might do more for feminism than to constantly recognize her gender along with her power.
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