Materialer af høj kvalitet Laura by Estrin Barbara L. j73C8Gxy

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How do men imagine women? In the poetry of Petrarch and his English successors-Wyatt Donne and Marvell-the male poet persistently imagines pursuing a woman Laura whom he pursues even as she continues to deny his affections. Critics have long held that in objectifying Laura these male-authored texts deny the imaginative intellectual and physical life of the woman they idealize. In Laura Barbara L. Estrin counters this traditional view by focusing not on the generative powers of the male poet but on the subjectivity of the imagined woman and the imaginative space of the poems she occupies. Through close readings of the Rime sparse and the works of Wyatt Donne and Marvell Estrin uncovers three Lauras: Laura-Daphne who denies sexuality; Laura-Eve who returns the poet's love; and Laura-Mercury who reinvents her own life. Estrin claims that in these three guises Laura subverts both genre and gender thereby introducing multiple desires into the many layers of the poems. Drawing upon genre and gender theories advanced by Jean-Francois Lyotard and Judith Butler to situate female desire in the poem's framework Estrin shows how genre and gender in the Petrarchan tradition work together to undermine the stability of these very concepts. Estrin's Laura constitutes a fundamental reconceptualization of the Petrarchan tradition and contributes greatly to the postmodern reassessment of the Renaissance period. In its descriptions of how early modern poets formulate questions about sexuality society and poetry Laura will appeal to scholars of the English and Italian Renaissance of gender studies and of literary criticism and theory generally.