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Author Estrin, Barbara L., 1942- author.

Title Laura : uncovering gender and genre in Wyatt, Donne, and Marvell / Barbara L. Estrin
Published Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 1994
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 345 pages) : illustrations
Series Post-contemporary interventions
Post-contemporary interventions.
Contents Introduction: gender performance and genre slippage -- [1.] Petrarch: Inverting the order: Laura as Eve to Petrarch's Adam ; "Like a man who thinks and weeps and writes": Laura as Mercury to Petrarch's Battus -- [2.] Wyatt: Taking bread: Wyatt's revenge in the lyrics and sustenance in the Psalms ; "Liking this": telling Wyatt's feelings -- [3.] Donne: Small change: defections from Petrarchan and Spenserian poetics ; Sylvia transformed: returning Donne's gifts ; "A pregnant bank": contracting and abstracting the "you" in Donne's "A valediction of my name in the window" and "Elegy: change" -- [4.] Marvell: "Busie companies of men": appropriations of female power in "Damon the mower" and "The gallery" ; "Preparing for longer flight": Marvell's nymph and the revenge of silence ; A-mazing and A-musing: after the garden in "Appleton house."
Summary How do men imagine women? In the poetry of Petrarch and his English successors-Wyatt, Donne, and Marvell-the male poet persistently imagines pursuing a woman, Laura, whom he pursues even as she continues to deny his affections. Critics have long held that, in objectifying Laura, these male-authored texts deny the imaginative, intellectual, and physical life of the woman they idealize. In Laura, Barbara L. Estrin counters this traditional view by focusing not on the generative powers of the male poet, but on the subjectivity of the imagined woman and the imaginative space of the poe
Analysis English poetry Special subjects Love
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Donne, John, 1572-1631 -- Characters -- Women.
Marvell, Andrew, 1621-1678 -- Characters -- Women.
Wyatt, Thomas, Sir, 1503?-1542 -- Characters -- Women.
Donne, John, 1572-1631.
Donne, John.
Marvell, Andrew, 1621-1678.
Marvell, Andrew.
Petrarca, Francesco.
Wyatt, Thomas, Sir, 1503?-1542.
Wyatt, Thomas.
English poetry -- Italian influences.
English poetry -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Literary form -- History -- 16th century.
Literary form -- History -- 17th century.
Love poetry, English -- Male authors -- History and criticism
Sex role in literature.
Women and literature -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Women and literature -- England -- History -- 17th century.
English poetry -- Early modern.
English poetry -- Italian influences.
Frau Motiv
Geliebte Motiv
Literary form.
Love poetry, English -- Male authors.
Sex role in literature.
Women and literature.
Women in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0822382253