culture by which it is created, shapes the fantasies by which it is shaped’ (p. 130). Thus, the cult of the VirginQueen is both fostered by literature like Spenser's The Faerie Queene and a whole range of court masks and pageants, and at the same time generates such literature: life and literature stimulate and play upon each other. Elizabeth can project herself as the Queen whose virginity has mystical and magical potency because such images are given currency in court masques, in comedies, and in pastoral epic poetry. Conversely, the figure of Elizabeth stimulates
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