“We Few of the Infinite Multitude”: Gender and Politics in the Reign of Elizabeth I
Victoria de la Torre, PhD
The reign of Elizabeth I, 1559-1603, was one of the most glorious in British history. The era is well known for the flowering of drama, poetry, and a court culture that celebrated the Virgin Queen. What is less well known, however, is the way in which gender shaped the politics of the era, particularly the early period of the reign, when the Queen had not yet achieved her revered status as Glorianna. By examining several tracts written during the 1560s, it becomes clear that a male council sought to curtail the powers of the monarchy and even reinterpret the English constitution to keep a female monarch from truly shaping policy.
Instructor: Victoria de la Torre earned her PhD from New York University, and a JD from George Washington University. She taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angles from 1994-98 and at the University of San Diego from 2001-15.
Coordinator: Candace Gietzen
Course Number: OSHR-70069 Credit: 0 units
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