Synopses & Reviews
"... 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
Includes bibliographical references (p. -219) and index.
About the Author
SHEILA T. CAVANAGH is Assistant Professor of English and associated faculty in Women's Studies at Emory University.
Table of Contents
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