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Cherished Torment
The Emotional Geography of Lady Mary Wroth's Urania
Sheila Cavanagh

Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies

2001 • 300 pp. 6 x 9"
Literary Criticism - English / Literary Criticism - Feminist / Literary Criticism - Renaissance

$60.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8207-0320-6

The Urania's lengthy text may initially appear daunting, but Cavanagh argues that the romance rewards its readers with a richly textured narrative that artfully engages with numerous aesthetic, literary, and intellectual concerns from the early seventeenth century, including race relations, tensions between Christianity and the occult, global expansion, and the composition of the universe.

A sophisticated and erudite study, Cherished Torment moves beyond the intriguing and scandalous events of Wroth's personal life that have understandably captivated the attention of many modern readers to a closer look at the latter's masterful integration of the issues fueling her era's political, scientific, and philosophical debates. Cavanagh's important study will enable readers to better recognize and appreciate Urania's intellectual heritage.

SHIELA CAVANAGH is a professor at Emory University and editor of the Spenser Review. She is the author of <i<Wanton Eyes and Chaste Desires: Female Sexuality in The Faerie Queene (Indiana, 1994) and numerous articles on Renaissance Literary Studies and pedagogy. She is also director of the Emory Women Writers Resource Project, which received a major grant from the NEH.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:59:03 -0500