Hyden 2013 Masculinities

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Author: Sage [A.] Hyden

Title: Violent Masculinities of The Faerie Queene

Subtitle: -

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, McMaster University

Year: September 2013

Pages: 104pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 16th Century | English History | Representations: Literature / Edmund Spenser

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Abstract: »Utilizing the strategies of feminist criticism, this study seeks to define masculinity and the issues confronting it as presented in Books III and IV of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. The thesis analyzes the means by which Spenser’s poem challenges conventional notions of violence as inherent to masculinity. This includes examining the tropological use of rape to represent masculine lust as animalistic, as seen in the various male pursuers and aggressors of Florimell and Amoret, and the metaphorical conceptualization of love as a violent conquest as a means of contributing to homosocial status elevation.Thus this study contributes to the understanding of the didacticism of Spenser’s allegory concerning the fashioning of a proper gentleman.« [Source: DigitalCommons@McMaster]


  Acknowledgements (p. iv)
  Introduction: Toward a Masculine Criticism (p. 1)
  Chapter One: Metaphorical Metamorphosis (p. 14)
    Defining Metaphorical Metamorphosis (p. 20)
    The Effect of Female Presence (p. 24)
    The Unknightly Impulse (p. 29)
    The Four Pursuers of Florimell (p. 36)
  Chapter Two: Negotiating Lust Between Books III and IV (p. 71)
    The Effect of Re-Separating Amoret and Scudamour (p. 47)
    Sexual Consumption (p. 51)
    Amoret's Fears and Exonerating the Male Rapist (p. 59)
    Comparing Busirane and the Man-Beast (p. 62)
    Conclusion (p. 67)
  Chapter Three: Sexual Conquest as Social Status (p. 71)
    Conquering the Female Form (p. 73)
    Be Not Too Bold, Scudamour (p. 79)
    The Parody of Tournament Politics (p. 84)
    Defying the Ideology of Conquest (p. 89)
  Conclusion: The Three Metaphors of Masculinity (p. 92)
  Bibliography (p. 97)

Wikipedia: Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene

Added: October 5, 2013 | Last updated: October 5, 2013