The Cambridge Companion to Spenser / Edition 1

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Overview

In this accessible and rigorous introduction to Spenser, fourteen specially-commissioned essays provide all the essential information required to appreciate and understand Spenser's rewarding and challenging work. The Companion guides the reader through Spenser's poetry and prose, and provides extensive commentary on his life, the historical and religious context in which he wrote, his wide reading in Classical, European and English poetry, his sexual politics and use of language. A chronology and further reading lists make this volume indispensable for any student of Spenser.
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"...first-rate...powerful scholarly contributors." Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

"The introduction and 13 original essays makes this collection one of the most important books ever published on Spenser...Highly recommended for all readers of Renaissance literature, from beginners to professional scholars." CHOICE Jan 2002

"This collection of essays provides a valuable survey of current critical perspectives on one of the greatest Elizabethan poets.... many excellent essays await the reader of this thoughtful companion to Spenser. Also helpful is the list of additional readings that follows each chapter, the chronological table of Spenser's life, and the index. The Cambridge Companion to Spenser thus not only guides students and scholars through the complexities of Spenser's poetry; it also provides diverse critical perspectives and scholarship of the highest order." Sixteenth Century Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521645706
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Chronology
Introduction: The Relevance of Edmund Spenser 1
1 Spenser's life and career 13
2 Historical contexts: Britain and Europe 37
3 Ireland: policy, poetics and parody 60
4 Spenser's pastorals: The Shepheardes Calender and Colin Clouts Come Home Againe 79
5 The Faerie Queene, Books I-III 106
6 The Faerie Queene, Books IV-VII 124
7 Spenser's shorter poems 143
8 Spenser's languages: writing in the ruins of English 162
9 Sexual politics 180
10 Spenser's religion 200
11 Spenser and classical traditions 217
12 Spenser and contemporary vernacular poetry 237
13 Spenser's influence 252
Index 272
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