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|Title:||Violent Masculinities of The Faerie Queene|
|Authors:||Hyden, Sage A.|
|Department:||English and Cultural Studies|
|Keywords:||Spenser;masculinity;mythology;gender;early modern;Literature in English, British Isles;Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies;Literature in English, British Isles|
|Abstract:||<p>Utilizing the strategies of feminist criticism, this study seeks to define masculinity and the issues confronting it as presented in Books III and IV of Edmund Spenser’s <em>The Faerie Queene</em>. The thesis analyzes the means by which Spenser’s poem challenges conventional notions of violence as inherent to masculinity. This includes examining the tropological use of rape to represent masculine lust as animalistic, as seen in the various male pursuers and aggressors of Florimell and Amoret, and the metaphorical conceptualization of love as a violent conquest as a means of contributing to homosocial status elevation.Thus this study contributes to the understanding of the didacticism of Spenser’s allegory concerning the fashioning of a proper gentleman.</p>|
|Appears in Collections:||Open Access Dissertations and Theses|
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