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Masculinity and the Hunt: Wyatt to Spenser

Catherine Bates


As an age-old metaphor for the sexual chase, the hunt provides a uniquely conflicted site for the representation of masculinity. On the one hand, hunting had from ancient times served to define a culturally approved mode of masculinity as heroic, pursuant, and goal-oriented, where success was measured by the achievement of the objectives set: the capture and killing of prey. When applied to love, on the other hand, hunting was inflected quite differently. At first glance, the basic scenario of a male subject pursuing elusive quarry over which he ultimately comes to assert control might seem to ... More

Keywords: hunting, masculinity, sexual chase, early modern literature, wyatt, gascoigne, turberville, sidney, greville, spenser

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199657117
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Bates, author
Professor of English, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick