Wanton Eyes and Chaste Desires

Wanton Eyes and Chaste Desires : Female Sexuality in The Faerie Queene

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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 1500-1900Cavanagh 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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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 134.6 x 205.7 x 15.2mm | 680.4g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253208890
  • 9780253208897
  • 2,110,111

About Sheila T. Cavanagh

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

AcknowledgementsIntroduction: The Manliness of Virtue1. Beauties Chace: Male Responses to Women in Faeryland2. Nightmares of Desire3. The Importance of Being Fairest: Kidnapping and Courtship in Faeryland4. Fayre of face...though meane her lot: The Worth of Virtue5. Like an Enraged Cow: Britomart among the Chased and the unchasteNotesWorks CitedIndex
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"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 " ... 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
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