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Reading the Allegorical IntertextChaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton$
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Judith H. Anderson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228478

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823228478.001.0001

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Flowers and Boars: Surmounting Sexual Binarism in Spenser's Garden of Adonis

Flowers and Boars: Surmounting Sexual Binarism in Spenser's Garden of Adonis

(p.214) 14. Flowers and Boars: Surmounting Sexual Binarism in Spenser's Garden of Adonis
Reading the Allegorical Intertext

Judith H. Anderson

Fordham University Press

The use of mons veneris and mons pubis by Spenser makes the Garden Mount ambiguously sexed because it has the features that could be related to either sex. The mons pubis stanza also suggests the boar, a figure that can come in both sexes and in both genders in Spenser's third book. The boarish attributes may be explicitly excluded in the first stanza describing the Mount, but their mention is actually in some sense included and thus contained in both senses of the word-concept throughout Spenser's account of the Garden Mount. Spenser uses words relating to sweetness and gentleness, often associated with buds and flowers, to portray an image of a female figure, although these words are not exclusively feminine in the context of sex.

Keywords:   sex, Garden Mount, Spenser, genders, ambiguous, boar, flowers, mons pubis, mons veneris

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