Nakyoung Lee, “A Love Much More Vehement” -
Reconsidering Male Friendship in the Old Arcadia pp.
59~73 ( 15 pages)
This essay aims to aims to demonstrate how Sidney’s Arcadia disturbs
and challenges the dominant ideology on sexuality and gender. Being
an exceptionally complex work with multilayered tones and shifting
perspectives especially on the matters of gender and sexuality, it
praises masculine friendship as a heroic ideal that supports the
ideal patriarchal order while its presentation of romance subtly
problematizes and disturbs order through the friendship between the
protagonists. The romance displays the destructive effect of the
love for a woman in contrast to the love between men, based on the
contemporary misogynistic cultural context, but it also reveals the
gender ideology working behind those discursive structure and
criticizes, if briefly, the ideals of masculine homosociality.
저자 키워드 Key words
The Old Arcadia, friendship, romance, homosociality, gender
ideology, Philip Sidney.