‘Bellphebes course is now observde no more’
Ralegh, Spenser, and the literary politics of the Cynthia holograph
in Literary and visual Ralegh
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The Cynthia holograph engages in complex ways with idealistic pastoral, a genre predicated upon the pursuit of otium. Sir Walter Ralegh enacts the various dependencies, political and textual, in the Cynthia holograph, but he also invokes the freedom of exile, if only partially. Throughout the Cynthia holograph, Ralegh appears more consistently engaged with something akin to pastoral elegy. Ralegh's stance in the Cynthia holograph is different. Earlier, in passing, a couple of divergences between Edmund Spenser and Ralegh were noted, such as their different approaches to homosociality as consolation, or to desirous fancy. Spenser's view was not unique, but his fictions of Ralegh have been influential. It is in the figure of timias that readings of Spenser's understanding of Ralegh's political, literary, and sexual powers converge.


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