"Shaping Fantasies": Figurations of Gender and Power in Elizabethan Culture

@article{Montrose1983ShapingFF,
  title={"Shaping Fantasies": Figurations of Gender and Power in Elizabethan Culture},
  author={L. Montrose},
  journal={Representations},
  year={1983},
  volume={2},
  pages={61-94}
}
SHAKESPEARE'S Duke Theseus formulates policy when he proclaims that "The lunatic, the lover, and the poet / Are of imagination all compact"; that "Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, / Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend / More than cool reason ever comprehends."' The social order of Theseus' Athens depends upon his authority to name the forms and his power to control the subjects of mental disorder. The ruler's task is to comprehend-to understand and to encompass-the energies and… Expand
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