The Faerie Queene | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Elizabeth Mazzola

This literature criticism consists of approximately 40 pages of analysis & critique of The Faerie Queene.
This section contains 11,746 words
(approx. 40 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Elizabeth Mazzola

Critical Essay by Elizabeth Mazzola

SOURCE: Mazzola, Elizabeth. “‘O unityng confounding’: Elizabeth I, Mary Stuart, and the Matrix of Renaissance Gender.” Exemplaria 12, no. 2 (fall 2000): 385-416.

In the following essay, Mazzola discusses the portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart (also known as Mary Queen of Scots) in Spenser's The Faerie Queene and Shakespeare's King Lear in terms of gender discourse in Renaissance poetry.

For almost two decades in the sixteenth century, a specter haunted England. The twisted shape of twin queens, the closely linked bodies of Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary Stuart, aroused a range of fears and hopes, some secret, some openly expressed, and a variety of speculations political, psychological, or biological. To be sure, bodies are as much the stuff of fiction as they are the hard material of history; if their limits...

(read more)

This section contains 11,746 words
(approx. 40 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Elizabeth Mazzola