Espes 7 (1):10-23 (2018)

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The paper intends to analyse developing of the literary representation of women in Elizabethan and Jacobean culture, forming an integral part of female authorship during this period. However, instead of taking aim at the male poetic tradition, the genius of Wroth is to absorb it and use it for her own ends. Reclaiming the virtues of the woman through constancy, she upends the conventional views of the woman. Thus, Wroth strengthens the autonomy of the woman by allowing her to make the decision to accept a role subordinate to man.
Keywords Elizabethan Renaissance  Jacobean Court  Lady Mary Wroth  Literary Culture  Philip Sidney  William Herbert, Third Earl of Pembroke
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