The Feminine Reclaimed
The Harvester Press, Brighton, Sussex 1986
also published as: The Feminine Reclaimed: The Idea of Woman in Spenser, Shakespeare and Milton
The University Press of Kentucky 1986
... is lively as well as erudite...
Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance, Geneva - Switzerland

The Feminine Reclaimed breaks new ground in the field of Renaissance scholarship. Stevie Davies considers the feminine principle as it was developed through the humanist and Neoplatonic revival of ancient classical learning.

From this perspective the author approaches major works of the three great literary figures of the English Renaissance. 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 analyses 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 criticised the patriarchal structure of the contemporary world.


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