Goddesses and Queens: The iconography of Elizabeth I

Goddesses and Queens: The iconography of Elizabeth I

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Goddesses and Queens: The iconography of Elizabeth I by Annaliese Connolly

The visual images of Queen Elizabeth I displayed in contemporary portraits and perpetuated and developed in more recent media, such as film and television, make her one of the most familiar and popular of all British monarchs.

This collection of essays examines the diversity of the queen's extensive iconographical repertoire, focusing on both visual and textual representations of Elizabeth, not only in portraiture and literature, but also in contemporary sermons, speeches and alchemical treatises. The collection broadens current critical thinking about Elizabeth, as each of the essays contributes to the debate about the ways in which the queen's developing iconicity was not simply a celebratory mode, but also encoded criticism of her. Each of these essays explains the ways in which the varied representations of Elizabeth reflect the political and cultural anxieties of her subjects

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719090110
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Annaliese Connolly is temporary lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and is currently studying for her Doctoral thesis

Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     viii
Acknowledgements     x
Notes on contributors     xii
Introduction     1
A world in crisis: Elizabeth's iconography and religious tensions
Elizabeth I as Deborah the Judge: exceptional women of power   Carol Blessing     19
Warlike mates? Queen Elizabeth, and Joan La Pucelle in 1 Henry VI   Ben Spiller     34
'Rudenesse it selfe she doth refine': Queen Elizabeth I as Lady Alchymia   Jayne Elisabeth Archer     45
Virginia and the Virgin: Elizabeth and the New World
Elizabeth I: size matters   Deanne Williams     69
'And in their midst a sun': Petrarch's Triumphs and the Elizabethan icon   Heather Campbell     83
'Nature without labor': Virgin Queen and virgin land in Sir Walter Ralegh's   Helen J. Burgess$dThe Discoverie of the Large, Rich and Bewtiful Empyre of Guiana     101
The Old World and the New: classical precedents
The dark side of the moon: Semiramis and Titania   Lisa Hopkins     117
Evaluating virginity: A Midsummer Night's Dream and the iconography of marriage   Annaliese Connolly     136
Cynthia waning: Cynthia's Revels imagines the death of the queen   Matthew Steggle     154
Coda: Elizabeth's afterlife
'Turn thy Tombe into a Throne':Elizabeth I's death rehearsal   Scott L. Newstok     169
Index     191

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