Edmund Spenser in Context (Literature in Context)
By: Andrew Escobedo (editor)Hardback
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Edmund Spenser's poetry remains an indispensable touchstone of English literary history. Yet for modern readers his deliberate use of archaic language and his allegorical mode of writing can become barriers to understanding his poetry. This volume of thirty-seven essays, written by distinguished scholars, offers a rich introduction to the literary, political and religious contexts that shaped Spenser's poetry, including the environment in which he lived, the genres he drew upon, and the influences that helped to fashion his art. The collection reveals the multiple personae that Spenser constructs within his work: to read Spenser is to read a rich archive of literary forms, and this volume provides the contexts in which to do so. A further reading list at the end of the volume will prove invaluable to further study.
Andrew Escobedo has been Co-Editor of the journal Spenser Studies since 2010, and his second book, Volition's Face: Personification and the Will in Renaissance Literature, is forthcoming. His work has been recognized by several national awards and distinctions, and his research won the support of a residential fellowship at the National Humanities Center in 2009-10.
Part I. Spenser's Environment: 1. Pedagogy, education, and early career Andrew Wallace; 2. Laureate career-fashioning William A. Oram; 3. Patrons Richard McCabe; 4. Church controversy Gregory Kneidel; 5. Figures of Elizabeth Anna Riehl Bertolet; 6. Publication and the book marketplace Andrew Zurcher; 7. Colonialism and the New World Brian Lockey; 8. Colonialism and Irish plantation Thomas Herron; 9. Spenser's Irish circle Willy Maley; 10. Land, boundaries, and borders Philip Schwyzer; Part II. Genre and Craft: 11. Epic David Quint; 12. Pastoral Katherine Little; 13. Romance Clare Kinney; 14. The Bible and biblical hermeneutics Jamie Ferguson; 15. Allegory: theory and practice Judith H. Anderson; 16. Complaint and satire William Kerwinl; 17. Renaissance literary theory Gordon Teskey; 18. Renaissance rhetorical theory Michael Hetherington; 19. Poetry and the Commonwealth Cathy Shrank; 20. Poetical history John E. Curran, Jr; 21. Premodern literary character Andrew Escobedo; 22. Prosody Paul J. Hecht; Part III. Influences and Analogues: 23. Virgil David Scott Wilson-Okamura; 24. Ovid Syrithe Pugh; 25. Petrarch Patrick Cheney; 26. Chaucer Craig A. Berry; 27. The Sidney circle Mary Ellen Lamb; 28. The French connection Anne Lake Prescott; 29. Plato and Platonism William Junker; 30. Aristotle and the virtues Joe Moshenska; 31. Protestant theology and devotion Beth Quitslund; 32. Emblem and iconography Sarah Howe; 33. Saints, legends, and calendars Susannah Brietz Monta; 34. Cosmology and cosmography Ayesha Ramachandran; 35. Early modern ecology Julian Yates; 36. Sex and Eros in the Renaissance Melissa E. Sanchez; 37. Renaissance femininities and masculinities Kimberly Anne Coles; Further reading.
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