Carved in living laurel: the sonnet sequence and transformations of idolatry

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Abstract

This essay analyses the use of idolatry in representations of desire in six Renaissance sonnet sequences (Petrarch, Sidney, Spenser, Drayton, Daniel and Shakespeare). Seeking to offer a fresh perspective on the relationship between idolatry, gender dynamics and auto-poetics, the article reviews the changes in the use of idolatrous imagery to argue that they indicate changes in the authorial priorities relating to representations of desire and the writing self.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-394
JournalRenaissance Studies
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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