Heaven's Second Maid

By Ellen Pryor.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper is a survey of the major events of Elizabeth Tudor's life and reign that illustrate gender restrictions that she overcame.

Keywords: Elizabeth Tudor's Biography, Women's Roles in Tudor England, Symbolism of Virginity, Distrust of Female Monarchs

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 10, pp.107-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.795MB).

Ellen Pryor

In on going preparation for my teaching assignments, I have spent the previous seven summers in classes and research activities at Cambridge University oriented around women's roles as defined by literary and artistic artifacts, and British social history. I completed requirements for the Cambridge University Certificate of Continuing Education with my paper on Elizabeth Tudor tracing two paradoxical definitions of virginity as they evolved in her girlhood, life as queen, and posthumous reputation. The paper was presented at the Oxford Round Table Forum on women's issues in August, 2004. The invitation to participate in that forum was a recognition of my career long academic interest in women's literature and social history. In 1999 I received my fourth National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Award to study at Georgetown University. My area of interest was the interpretation of the Koranic verses about gender roles by modern Islamic states to further their political agendas. This work was followed by a Faculty Resource Network Seminar at New York University, and has been a topic for my classes in Gender Roles, and Pluralism and Diversity in America. In 1980 I was a visiting professor in the People's Republic of China, shortly after it opened to the west. After my return to the United States, I shared insights gained there about the problems women faced adapting to the New China in several professional venues.

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