|"Doe, as I have done" : Mary Carey's reciprocal relationship with the divine
||As Mary Carey experienced numerous stillbirths and deaths of her infant children, she recorded her struggles to come to terms with God's will in a diary comprised of verse and prose. She defines her reciprocal relationship with God as one nearing equ...
|Defensive virginity from Spenser to Milton.
||When the English Reformation began, it brought about not only religious changes, but also changes in social practices. With these changes, the virgin—a figure long associated with spiritual purity and lauded by the Catholic Church—was dislocated from...
|The country-house poems of Lanyer, Jonson, Carew, and Marvell: emblems of social change in the seventeenth century AND both/and: Elizabeth Bishop's Poetic identity
||Often emphasizing the ancient practice of hospitality, country-house poems originate in medieval ideals. However, the country-house poetic genre possesses a malleability that belies these conservative origins. Poems by Aemilia Lanyer, Ben Jonson, Tho...
|Venus' Frown: the paradox of chaste marriage in the Dedicatory Poems to Salve Deus Rex Judæorum ; and, Christ's humoral irony in George Herbert's "The Sacrifice"
||This thesis paper examines how Amelia Lanyer uses classical mythology in the dedicatory poems to Salve Deus Rex Judæorum to comment on early modern concepts of marriage. By examining her poetry within historical and cultural context, I demonstrate ho...
|Sacred heresies: the Harrowing of Hell in early modern English literature
||Sacred Heresies traces the English literary tradition of the Harrowing of Hell out of the Catholic Middle Ages, through the Protestant Renaissance, and into the proto-scientific Restoration period. I argue that Christ's theatrical descent into hell s...
|Game of love: chess and agency in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde AND She will suffer no grates: spatial tensions in Cavendish’s The Convent of Pleasure
||Chaucerian women have long been the subject of scholarly fascination. However, while some of Chaucer’s principle women have been the subject of a wide variety of scholarly perspectives, others have received less consideration, being locked into the s...