Wanton Eyes And Chaste Desires

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"... very readable, lucid, intriguing study... " —Spenser Newsletter

"... a very thoroughgoing inventory of the cruel male fantasies and nightmares imposed on... female-gendered figures... " —Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

"Cavanagh has managed to give an almost entirely new reading of ['The Faerie Queene]; it is the first feminist rereading of the entire epic, and it reshapes the contours of the huge poem in often startling and remarkable ways." —Maureen Quilligan, University of Pennsylvania

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Overview

"... very readable, lucid, intriguing study... " —Spenser Newsletter

"... a very thoroughgoing inventory of the cruel male fantasies and nightmares imposed on... female-gendered figures... " —Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

"Cavanagh has managed to give an almost entirely new reading of ['The Faerie Queene]; it is the first feminist rereading of the entire epic, and it reshapes the contours of the huge poem in often startling and remarkable ways." —Maureen Quilligan, University of Pennsylvania

Indiana University Press

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Cavanagh's investigation of sexual ideology in Spenser's most famous poem points to its subtly pervasive emphasis on locating the roots of virtue in manliness. Cavanagh finds evidence suggesting that female characters are largely excluded from the manly realm of virtue and that female virtue is honored more in theory than in practice. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253208897
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,205,023
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

SHEILA T. CAVANAGH is Assistant Professor of English and associated faculty in Women's Studies at Emory University.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Manliness of Virtue
1. Beauties Chace: Male Responses to Women in Faeryland
2. Nightmares of Desire
3. The Importance of Being Fairest: Kidnapping and Courtship in Faeryland
4. Fayre of face...though meane her lot: The Worth of Virtue
5. Like an Enraged Cow: Britomart among the Chased and the unchaste
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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