An accessible and rigorous introduction to Spenser's work, in fourteen specially commissioned essays.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Chronology; Introduction: The relevance of Edmund Spenser A. Hadfield; 1. Spenser's life and career R. Rambuss; 2. Historical contexts: Britain and Europe D. J. Baker; 3. Ireland: policy, poetics and parody R. McCabe; 4. Spenser's pastorals: The Shepardes Calender and Colin Clouts Come Home Againe P. Cheney; 5. The Faerie Queene, I-III S. L. Wofford; 6. The Faerie Queene, IV-VII A. Hadfield; 7. Spenser's shorter poems A. L. Prescott; 8. Spenser's languages: writing in the ruins of English W. Maley; 9. Sexual politics L. Gregerson; 10. Spenser's religion J. King; 11. Spenser and classical traditions C. Borrow; 12. Spenser and contemporary vernacular poetry R. Greene; 13. Spenser's influence P. Alpers; Index.
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