Aug
26

Summer Summary

I can basically sum up my summer of research like this: reading, reading, and more reading! Not that that’s a bad thing. I genuinely enjoyed so many of the articles and sources that I read this summer, and I’m so glad I got a chance to get ahead on this research for my honors thesis…
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Aug
26

Update 8: It’s not the Renaissance Anymore!

As the summer drew to a close, I decided to do some relevant but slightly less topical reading about Helen of Troy to round out my last week of research before the semester. Although my project is mainly focused on the Renaissance period with background in both the medieval and classical periods, I read two…
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Aug
26

Update 7: The Isabella Whitney Affair

After reading Chaucer and Shakespeare, I looked towards literature more from a counter-culture perspective that would look at Helen from another angle. This idea brought me to the poetry of Isabella Whitney, a woman poet in the 16th century. I’ve titled this post as such because finding information about her is not easy. I had previously read…
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Aug
26

Update 6: Queen Helen or Prostitute Helen?

Now that I’ve posted a little bit about my weeks reading Shakespeare and Chaucer, I wanted to talk about a similarity in the two works that I found quite interesting. Characters in both Troilus and Criseyde and Troilus and Cressida frequently refer to Helen as “the Queen” or “Queen Helen.” In my initial readings of these texts I…
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Aug
25

Update 5: The Shakespearean Rabbit Hole

Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida is really a focal point of my project, so I was super excited to reach this point in my summer research reading list. I’ve read the play in its entirety before, so I initially planned only to review choice sections relevant to my work, but I ended up reading the whole thing again…
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