'Myne owne aduenture': Stephen Hawes and Medieval Romance

Leahy, Conor (2019) 'Myne owne aduenture': Stephen Hawes and Medieval Romance. Studies in Philology. (In Press)

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Stephen Hawes’s fusion of romance and allegory has long been recognized as the poet’s chief claim to originality. But Hawes’s chivalric allegories have often been treated merely as an obscure antecedent to the immersive world of Spenser’s Faerie Queene. This article examines Hawes’s originality on its own terms, and brings his work back into conversation with the metrical romances, devotional treatises, and dreams of spiritual warfare that shaped his creative aspirations. By analysing Hawes’s early dream poem, The Example of Vertu, I argue that the motifs of chivalric romance first entered the poet’s work through the back door of homiletic sources. I then explore how Hawes achieved a bolder, more intuitive movement between allegory and romance in his most ambitious work, The Pastime of Pleasure.

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Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2019 12:30
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2020 00:44
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/72198

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