chapter  7
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AMAZONS AND AFRICANS: Gender, race, and empire in Daniel Defoe

This movement from laughter to violence is characteristic of J uvenal's attack on women. As Dryden's translation puts it - with the typical neoclassical emphasis on generic distinctions - the satire slips into tragedy: "You think this feign'd; the Satyr in a Rage / Struts in the Buskins, of the Tragick stage .... / Wou'd it were all a Fable, that you Read ... ,,11 The image of the armed and warlike woman is the agent of this generic

transformation. She is the point where comic transvestism turns to tragic violence, the apocalyptic telos and the serious message of Juvenal's mIsogyny.