"I know a Bank ... ": A Midsummer Night's Dream, fairies, and the erotic history of England
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AbstractEarly modern England was a contested site in terms of the value and purpose of the erotic, a quality being reformulated as Protestants aimed to make a larger space for it within married life, even as they struggled to contain its unpredictable energies. The poet Edmund Spenser explores the nature of the erotic insistently, repulsed by its potential lewdness but valuing its ability to generate impassioned moral energy and aesthetic beauty. Shakespeare continues Spenser's reformulations of the erotic, with particular reference to Book Three of The Faerie Queene. Specifically, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare utilizes the concept of fairies, creatures that were for generations associated with both the English landscape and the feminine erotic, to dramatize, along Spenserian lines, how erotic, even lustful, passion can become a potential route to religious conversion, specifically to Protestantism.
All Author(s) ListGleckman J
Journal nameShakespeare
Detailed descriptionShakespeare: Journal of the British Shakespeare Association.
Volume Number10
Issue Number1
Pages23 - 45
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordseroticism; marriage; Protestantism; sexuality; The Faerie Queene
Web of Science Subject CategoriesLiterature; Literature, British Isles; Theater

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