Galatea and Midas

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  • Copyright: 2000-11-18
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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GalateaandMidasare two of John Lyly's most engaging plays. Lyly took up the story of two young women, Galatea (or Gallathea) and Phillida who are dressed up in male clothes by their fathers so that they can avoid the requirement of the god Neptune that every year "the fairest and chastest virgin in all the country be sacrificed to a sea-monster." Hiding together in the forest, the two maidens fall in love, each supposing the other to be a young man.Galateahas become the subject of considerable feminist critical study in recent years.Midas(1590) uses mythology in quite a different way, dramatizing two stories about King Midas in such a way as to fashion a satire of King Philip of Spain (and of any tyrant like him) for colossal greediness and folly. In the wake of the defeat of Philip's Armada fleet and its attempted invasion of England in 1588, this satire was calculated to win the approval of Queen Elizabeth and her court.

Author Biography

George Hunter is Professor of English and Renaissance Studies at Yale University.

David Bevington is Phyllis Fay Horton Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

General Editors' Preface vii
Preface ix
Abbreviations xi
Galatea: Introduction
Midas: Introduction
Longer Notes 260(11)
Index 271

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