Engendering authority in Aemilia Lanyer's "Salve deus rex judaeorum".
AuthorMcBride, Kari Boyd.
Committee ChairUlreich, John C., Jr.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractAemilia Lanyer subverted traditional understandings of poetic subjectivity and altered received generic forms in order to construct herself as poet in a culture that reserved that vocation to men. She did so by creating in her poems a tradition of female poetic subjectivity through the imaginative construction of a community of empowered women. Lanyer fashioned herself a poet within this community and claimed a premier place by virtue of her alliance with the paradoxically humbled yet omnipotent Christ. She announced her poetic vocation through a remaking of the initiatory pastoral poem, transforming the position of women in the orphic genres of lament and epithalamium. In the country house poem, as well, Lanyer altered generic material that served to objectify and silence women in classical precedents and seventeenth-century models. (An appendix discusses Lanyer's use of the Geneva Bible and material from the Book of Common Prayer.)