This collection represents some of the best recent critical writing on Edmund Spenser, a major Renaissance English poet. The essa...
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This collection represents some of the best recent critical writing on Edmund Spenser, a major Renaissance English poet. The essays cover the whole of Spensers work, from early literary experiments such as The Shepeardes Calenda*r, to his unfinished crowning work,*The Fairie Queene. The introduction provides an overview of critical responses to Spenser, setting his work and the debates which it has generated in their perspective contexts: new historicist, post-structural, psychoanalytic and feminist. His study also covers the critical responses of leading British, Irish and American scholars.
Inhalt General Editor's Preface Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction 2. Barbarous Tongues: The ideology of poetic form (Richard Helgerson) 3. 'The Perfecte Paterne of a Poet': The poetics of courtship in The Shepeardes Calender (Louis Montrose). 4. Spenser's Complaints (Richard Ramuss) 5. Spenser's Poetics: The Poem's two bodies (David Lee Miller). 6. To Fashion a Gentleman: Spenser and the destruction of the Bower of Bliss (Stephen Greenblatt) 7. Singing Unsung Heroines: Androgynous discourse in Book III of the Faerie Queene (Lauren Silberman) 8. 'Endlesse Worke' (Jonathan Goldberg) 9. Praise and Defence of the Queen in The Faerie Queene, Book V (Pamela Joseph Benson) 10. The 'Sacred Hunger of Ambitious Minds: Spenser's savage religion (Andrew Hadfield) 11. The Colonization of Language: Narrative strategies in The Faerie Queene, Book VI (Anne Fogarty) 12. Mapping Mutability: or Spenser's Irish Plot (Julia Reinhard Lupton). Notes on author Further reading Index