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Misogyny and the Complete Gentleman in Early Elizabethan Printed Miscellanies

Elizabeth Heale
The Yearbook of English Studies
Vol. 33, Medieval and Early Modern Miscellanies and Anthologies (2003), pp. 233-247
DOI: 10.2307/3509028
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3509028
Page Count: 15
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Misogyny and the Complete Gentleman in Early Elizabethan Printed Miscellanies
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Abstract

"Tottel's Miscellany" disseminated in print a model of male courtly and cultivated behaviour in which the writing of aphoristic and amorous verse was central. This model produced a proliferation of printed miscellanies of verse in the early Elizabethan period, both single-author collections and anthologies, in which male courtly behaviour is defined in terms of the potentially contradictory ideals of elegant amorousness and well-framed virtue. Women overwhelmingly appear in such collections as figures of glamorous instability or sexual betrayal. Only occasionally, most notably in the collections of Isabella Whitney, does one find traces of the central importance, and active participation of women, in the earlier manuscript production of courtly verse.

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