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"Wounded harts": metaphor and desire in the epic-romances of Tasso, Sidney, and Spenser

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If we consider the representation of the body in the epic-romances of Torquato Tasso, Philip Sidney, and Edmund Spenser, certain instances of wounding and laceration emerge as crucial turning points in the development of their respective narratives: Clorinda’s redemptive mutilation, Parthenia’s blood-drenched pallor, Amavia’s disquieting suicide, Venus’s insatiable orifice, Amoret’s “perfect hole.” This thesis affords a detailed comparative study of such passages, contending that the woun...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Merton College
Department:
Humanities Division - English Language and Literature

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Supervisor
Publication date:
2014
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
URN:
uuid:6314229f-2797-4727-91c8-64265a16f6b3
Local pid:
ora:9629

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