248 Reviews that Cavendish was no absolutist, but, rather, advocated individual restraint, and the duty of noble subjects `to restrain both their own impulses and those of their sovereign', just as her sexually allegorized heroines `regulate their passions and demand that their would-be lovers do the same' (p. 177). Lastly, the closing chapter's discussion of `Republicanism in Paradise Lost' is an appropriate choice, since Milton's masterpiece was produced when the Republic had ceased to exist, closing the circle on allegorical fictions of love and reciprocity. In Sanchez's view, the terrible paradox, which subverted English republican rule and hastened the Restoration, had been `the ease with which the idealization of individual virtue can lead to the destruction of the republican order such virtue is supposed to support' (p. 207). The five-page conclusion serves little purpose, in what is otherwise an exemplary piece of research a study, which, in brief, exhibits considerable range, shrewd, perceptive readings, and interpretations of literary-historical textual data, and well-informed and intelligent engagement with current critical debates. Ivan Cañadas Hallym University South Korea Saunders, Corinne, ed., A Companion to Medieval Poetry, Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010; hardback; pp. xviii, 704; R.R.P. £110.00, 132.00, AU$250.00, NZ$285.00; ISBN 9781405159630.
Parergon – Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)
Published: Aug 8, 2012
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