Urania has had little scholarship devoted to its tournaments and other chivalric rituals. By exploring the roles of contemporary knightly forms I argue that Uranian chivalry has important functions. Given chivalry's continuing sociopolitical importance in northern Europe and among the males of Wroth's own family Uranian tournaments offer Wroth mechanisms for addressing her legacy as a Sidney as well as political issues involving the Holy Roman Empire. Moreover by employing the ritual and theatrical" />
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Chivalry and Chivalric Practices in Mary Wroth's Urania

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Though intensely "chivalric," Wroth's Urania has had little scholarship devoted to its tournaments and other chivalric rituals. By exploring the roles of contemporary knightly forms, I argue that Uranian chivalry has important functions. Given chivalry's continuing sociopolitical importance in northern Europe and among the males of Wroth's own family, Uranian tournaments offer Wroth mechanisms for addressing her legacy as a Sidney as well as political issues involving the Holy Roman Empire. Moreover, by employing the ritual and theatrical powers whereby actual tournaments crafted identity and relationships, Wroth's chivalric contests offer arenas for renegotiating their conventional gender dynamics: active males fashioning their personas and homosocial bonds and passive females serving as prizes and audiences. In one form of this renegotiation, the actual tournament's functions as "fiction-making" and "play" generate a dialogue between the Urania's male-dominated chivalric displays and the poetic games wherein female characters distinguish themselves.
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Celovsky, Lisa. "Chivalry and Chivalric Practices in Mary Wroth's Urania" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p481922_index.html>

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Celovsky, L. "Chivalry and Chivalric Practices in Mary Wroth's Urania" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p481922_index.html

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Abstract: Though intensely "chivalric," Wroth's Urania has had little scholarship devoted to its tournaments and other chivalric rituals. By exploring the roles of contemporary knightly forms, I argue that Uranian chivalry has important functions. Given chivalry's continuing sociopolitical importance in northern Europe and among the males of Wroth's own family, Uranian tournaments offer Wroth mechanisms for addressing her legacy as a Sidney as well as political issues involving the Holy Roman Empire. Moreover, by employing the ritual and theatrical powers whereby actual tournaments crafted identity and relationships, Wroth's chivalric contests offer arenas for renegotiating their conventional gender dynamics: active males fashioning their personas and homosocial bonds and passive females serving as prizes and audiences. In one form of this renegotiation, the actual tournament's functions as "fiction-making" and "play" generate a dialogue between the Urania's male-dominated chivalric displays and the poetic games wherein female characters distinguish themselves.


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