Cupid in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Cupid in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Jane Kingsley-Smith


Cupid turned a favored determine within the literary and visible tradition of post-Reformation England. He served to articulate and debate the hot Protestant thought of hope, inspiring a gloomy model of affection tragedy during which Cupid kills. yet he was once additionally implicated in different controversies, because the item of idolatrous, Catholic worship and as an adversary to girl rule: Elizabeth I's encounters with Cupid have been a vital characteristic of her image-construction and altered subtly all through her reign. masking a wide selection of fabric resembling work, trademarks and jewelry, yet focusing generally on poetry and drama, together with works by way of Sidney, Shakespeare, Marlowe and Spenser, Kingsley-Smith illuminates the Protestant fight to classify and keep watch over wish and the ways that Cupid disrupted this strategy. An unique standpoint on early glossy hope, the publication will entice someone drawn to the literature, drama, gender politics and paintings background of the English Renaissance.

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