Masculinity and the Hunt (NEW)

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Following on from her Masculinity Gender and Identity in the English Renaissance Lyric Bates narrows her focus to the hunt reading it as a symbolic activity which serves to the hunt reading it as a symbolic activity which serves a metaphor for the operations and predations of. As an age old metaphor for the sexual chase the hunt provides a uniuely conflicted site for the representation of masculinity On the one hand hunting had from ancient times served to define a particular and 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 illing of prey When applied to love on the other hand hunting was inflected uite differently At first glance the basic scenario of a male subject pursuing elusive uarry over which he ultimately comes to assert control might over which he ultimately comes to control might to epitomise the dynamic of the sexual chase yet when poets invoke the hunt in an am. Masculinity and the Hunt

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Desire She reads a mix of canonical texts Wyatt s hunt Sidney s Astrophil Stella Spenser s Faerie ueene with some less familiar ones Gascoigne Turbeville Greville and draws poems Sidney Astrophil Stella Spenser s Faerie ueene with some less familiar ones Gascoigne Turbeville Greville and draws interesting if unsurprising conclusion. Orous context this most obvious manifestation of the metaphor is not the one they put to use On the contrary in lyric poetry and romance the hunt metaphor serves to demote or destabilise the masculine subject in some way The huntsman is routinely a Figure Of Failure For of failure for his efforts he either fails to catch what he pursues catches the wrong thing ends up being caught by others or runs round in circles chasing himself His failure is measured precisely as a shortfall from the cultural ideal The metaphor of the hunt thus opens up possibilities for exploring definitions of masculinity that deviate from culturally approved models of mastery and power It shows how limited thos. ,

SLike her previous book this is concerned With The Points At Which Masculinity Fails the points at which masculinity fails breaks down not surprising given the Freudian framework of Bates work At times this takes an unexpectedly social historical turn espe. E models are and offers examples of alternative and counter cultural versions of a masculine subjectivity that radically uery patriarchal stereotypes of gender and class The hunt has been the subject of increased critical interest over "Last Few Years Partly As A Result "few years partly as a result its politicisation as an issue as reflected in recent changes to hunting legislation within the UK Shifting attitudes to the hunt indicate that as a cultural phenomenon it continues to mobilise strong opinion and to activate notions of class and gender identity to this day Masculinity and the Hunt is a uniue study considering the link between hunting and masculinity in the literature of the sixteenth centu.