Elizabeth I, the Subversion of Flattery, and John Lyly's Court Plays and Entertainments
Subjects: Literary Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Renaissance Studies
Series: Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture
Theodora Jankowski looks at both the light and the dark side of the Elizabeth character in each of John Lyly's court plays, while at the same time considering how that allegory works in terms of the various issues Lyly debates within the plays. She demonstrates how Lyly, while praising the queen and accepting her beneficence, simultaneously manages to present his audiences with the "dark queen," the opposite side of the positive image of the Queen of England.
1. Introduction: Elizabeth I, John Lyly, and the Monstrosity of Icons
2. Rulership and the Monarch's Two Bodies in Sapho and Phao, Campaspe, and Midas
3. Gender, Alpha Males, and All-Around Bullies in Love's Metamorphosis
4. Sexuality, Lesbian Desire, and the Necessity of a Penis in Gallathea
5. Male Friendship and Unruly Women in Endimion
6. Early Modern Economics in the Entertainments
Coda: The Man in the Moon and The Woman in the Moon or Whose Moon is it Really?
Theodora A. Jankowski is a retired professor of English. She is author of two books and many articles on early modern drama.
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Theodora A. Jankowski
Late Tudor and Stuart Drama: Gender, Performance, and Material Culture