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What Rosalind Likes

Pastoral, Gender, and the Founding of English Verse

Paul J. Hecht

What Rosalind Likes

What Rosalind Likes

Pastoral, Gender, and the Founding of English Verse

What Rosalind Likes

 

Shows how the character called Rosalind, who features in works by Spenser, Lodge, and Shakespeare, can be considered as a single and unifying character whose textual appearances lead us to reconsider important aspects of Renaissance literature: prosody, the influence of Virgil and of pastoral poetry, and the position of women.


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Beschrijving What Rosalind Likes

What Rosalind Likes begins with the strange ferocity of Elizabethan responses to poetry: a woman named Rosalind expresses scorn for a shepherd's poems, and a character in a play loses his temper and storms off stage at the sound of a blank verse line. What are these people so angry about? Thus begins a journey into a world where the details of poetic form and vagaries of Latin translation are caught up in the dynamics of gender, sexuality, class, and race,
and power, where too much alliteration, for example, could destabilize your gender or pose a threat to national security. Situated in the crucial final two decades of the sixteenth century, What Rosalind Likes takes three figures named "Rosalind" in works by Spenser (The Shepheardes Calender), Lodge
(Rosalynde), and Shakespeare (As You Like It) to create a new approach to literary history and feminist criticism.

The development and emergence of Rosalind as one of the most famous and beloved characters in the Shakespeare canon is thus connected to the troubled history of Virgilian reception, to tensions between aesthetics and sexual empowerment and powerlessness, to methodology associated with postcritique, including surface reading and the valorization of negative emotions, and to queer theology. The book ends by thinking about Rosalind with respect to the poetry of Mary Wroth, and examining depictions
of Rosalind on stage and screen by Dora Jordan and Katharine Hepburn.


ISBN
9780192857200
Pagina's
224
Verschijnt
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

Literaire non-fictie