Warrior Women in Early Modern Literature

Warrior Women in Early Modern Literature

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Date: May 2013
Creator: Oxendine, Jessica Grace
Description: Fantasies about warrior women circulated in many forms of writing in early modern England: travel narratives such as Sir Walter Ralegh's The Discoverie of Guiana (1595) portray Amazon encounters in the New World; poems like Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene (1596) depict women's skill with a spear; and the plays of Shakespeare, John Fletcher, and others stage the adventurous feats of women on the battlefield. In this dissertation, I analyze the social anxieties that emerge when warrior women threaten gender hierarchies in the patriarchal society of early modern England. The battlefield has traditionally been a site for men to prove their masculinity against other men, so when male characters find themselves submitting to a sword-wielding woman, they are forced to reimagine their own masculine identities as they become the objects acted upon by women. In their experience of subjectivity, these literary warrior women often allude to the historical Queen Elizabeth I, whose reign destabilized ideas about gender and power in the period. Negative evaluations of warrior women often indicate anxiety about Elizabeth as an Amazon-like queen. Thus, portrayals of warrior women often end with a celebration of patriarchal dominance once the male characters have successfully contained the threat of the ...
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English Renaissance Epithalamia

English Renaissance Epithalamia

Date: August 1970
Creator: Corse, Larry B.
Description: The classical genre of marriage poems called epithalamia appeared in England in the late sixteenth century. The English epithalamia of the Renaissance form a closely related body of literature. This work will be a close analysis of this small body of English Renaissance poetry.
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Jinxed

Jinxed

Date: August 2003
Creator: Davis, Richard
Description: My dissertation, Jinxed, developed out of my interest in the movement between the comic and the tragic by tracing the evolution of a romantic relationship. While employing biblical, classical, literary, and pop-cultural traditions, my manuscript has its most clear affinities with Renaissance poetry that navigates between the erotic and the spiritual. The sequence of poems recreates the character of Petrarch's Laura in the Little Redhead Girl, Charlie Brown's first love. My Laura, however, is a feisty secular Irish woman who simultaneously frustrates and attracts a religious narrator. To explore the multifaceted nature of their love, I employ a variety of poetic techniques, such as the repetition inherent in the villanelle to express the powerlessness of the narrator as he begins to fall in love. In "To a Young Philosopher," a sestina, one of the repeated words ("ephemeral") triggers a philosophical discussion that is a proposal of marriage. The manuscript also uses other forms such as the sonnet, Spenserian stanza, terza rima, couplets, and blank verse. Narratively, it ends with Charlie Brown after he has missed kicking Lucy's football, falling to earth literally and symbolically. Poems in the manuscript have appeared in journals such as The Wallace Stevens Journal, Talking River ...
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The Flight into Egypt

The Flight into Egypt

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Date: 1500~
Creator: Carpaccio, Vittore
Description: Woman wearing a decorated cape and holding a child rides a donkey being led by a man. The trio is in the foreground with landscape in the middle and distant grounds. The story depicted is the Flight into Egypt from the Bible.
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Doorway decorated with an Annunciation

Doorway decorated with an Annunciation

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Date: 1450-1500
Creator: unknown
Description: None
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A Bishop Teaching

A Bishop Teaching

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Date: ca. 1470-1490
Creator: Master of the View of Ste Gudule
Description: None
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Virgin and Child with Saints Rosa and Catherine

Virgin and Child with Saints Rosa and Catherine

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Date: 1493/1495~
Creator: Perugino
Description: Three women are seated in a straight line with the center woman holding a child in her lap. She wears a blue and green robe.
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Virgin and Child with Saints Rosa and Catherine

Virgin and Child with Saints Rosa and Catherine

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Date: 1493/1495~
Creator: Perugino
Description: This painting detail shows a close view of the child and central figure.
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Education of the Virgin

Education of the Virgin

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Date: [c.1500 - 1600]
Creator: Jean (Guillaumet) de Chartres
Description: None
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A Bishop Teaching

A Bishop Teaching

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Date: ca. 1470-1490
Creator: Master of the View of Ste Gudule
Description: None
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