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Masculinity and husbandry in Joseph Hall's Virgidemiarum
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2469-6431
2019 (English)In: Renaissance Studies, ISSN 0269-1213, E-ISSN 1477-4658, Vol. 33, no 2, p. 204-221Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Verse satire from Roman times and onward draws extensively on gender stereotypes in its depictions of urban and decadent men. While clearly drawing on such literary traditions, Joseph Hall's Virgidemiarum (1597–98) spans over a wider register in emphasising both rural and urban contexts, and in focusing specifically on aspects of husbandry, pedigree and provision. Rather than being simply classical imitation, the failed men of Hall's satires should be understood from the economic context of early modern masculinity, which constituted manhood in terms of pedigree and providing for one's household. Unlike other Elizabethan satire, which predominantly attacks sexual vice as an urban phenomenon, Virgidemiarum depicts flawed manhood in broader terms of failed husbandry. In doing so, the essay contends, Hall's satires re‐enact changes in social structure and in the conceptions of masculinity at the time.

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Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2019. Vol. 33, no 2, p. 204-221
Keywords [en]
Joseph Hall, Elizabethan satire, early modern satire, masculinity, husbandry
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Humanities, English literature; Humanities, Comparative literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81117DOI: 10.1111/rest.12390ISI: 000461858500003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85041229482OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-81117DiVA, id: diva2:1296462
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Swedish Research Council, 2016-02616Available from: 2019-03-15 Created: 2019-03-15 Last updated: 2019-04-05Bibliographically approved

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