Judith Page

In this first dedicated thesis on "Ephelia," "Fashioning An Identity of the Libertine Woman in Female Poems...by Ephelia" (Oklahoma, 1995; Vincent Liesenfeld, director), a project inspired in part by my delvings (Acknowledgments, iv), Page affirms the view of Ephelia as a corporeal female voice. She offers a reliable overview of the debate and also demonstrates "Ephelia"'s uses of various male and female Restoration typologies (libertine, whore, etc.). Her analyses are especially good in Chapter III, which discusses "Ephelia"'s poetry within the context of the poet's construction of a "multidimensional self-image." Page's "multidimensional" Ephelia and Chernaik's "Ephelia" of many "confusing voices" can now be explained in my case for the new candidate, discussed in Section II of this essay.