Burning blushes, weeping water: the perversion of nature and its relation to female agency in Shakespeare’s A Lover’s Complaint

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dc.contributor McElroy, Tricia A.
dc.contributor Goethals, Jessica
dc.contributor.advisor Dowd, Michelle M.
dc.contributor.author Leisentritt, Emma Eileen
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-01T14:24:25Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-01T14:24:25Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003349
dc.identifier.other Leisentritt_alatus_0004M_13780
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6162
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Scholarship on Shakespeare’s enigmatic, female-voiced narrative poem A Lover’s Complaint, which first appeared in the 1609 edition of the Sonnets, often revolves around attempting to definitively determine the poem’s authenticity. Besides Shakespeare, numerous alternative candidates have been put forward as the author of the poem, the most recent suggestion being John Davies of Hereford by Brian Vickers. By focusing on the issue of authorship, however, many critics have dismissed the immense complexity of A Lover’s Complaint, labeling it difficult, confusing, and even poorly written. Despite this, A Lover’s Complaint is in actuality a highly ingenious work which merits further examination, particularly in its utilization of natural elements to frame the shifting gender dynamics of the poem. Often written from the perspective of a male author, female-voiced complaints relating the story of a fallen woman experienced popularity in the early modern period and beyond. A Lover’s Complaint follows this model, recounting a young woman’s seduction and fall in her own voice. Focusing particularly on the moment of seduction, this essay will locate the influence of nature in the youth’s attempt to seduce the maid, examining how the youth is particularly framed as a consumer of nature. This paper looks at the possibility for female agency in male-voiced-female-complaint as the maid begins to experience the influences of seduction through her retelling. Ultimately, the maid’s intense passion and desire allow her to navigate a space of agency separated from the natural world that has been corrupted by the youth.
dc.format.extent 38 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other English literature
dc.title Burning blushes, weeping water: the perversion of nature and its relation to female agency in Shakespeare’s A Lover’s Complaint
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of English
etdms.degree.discipline English
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.

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