The Feminine Reclaimed
The Idea of Woman in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton
Through close, perceptive readings of their most crucial works, informed by a familiarity with the whole range of their context in the European literature and thought of their time, Stevie Davies is able to demonstrate the great importance of the feminine principle in the consciousness of these writers and their age, a time of political, religious, and social upheaval in which perceptions of woman and her status in society underwent momentous changes. She analyzes guiding symbols, mythical allusions, and literary structures in major works by the three poets to show that this rediscovered image of the feminine was incorporated into The Faerie Queene, Shakespeare's last plays, and Paradise Lost in such a manner as to create an alternative system of values which either redefined or criticized the patriarchal structures of the contemporary world.
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"Davies has managed in her own studies to unlock the secret treasure-trove of mystical philosophy; her illustrations and analysis synthesize the diverse influences underlying the poetry she examines. . . . Davies's book is indeed illuminating."—South Atlantic Review
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