Fairy in the Faerie Queene: Renaissance Elf-Fashioning and Elizabethan Myth-Making

Fairy in the Faerie Queene: Renaissance Elf-Fashioning and Elizabethan Myth-Making

by Matthew Woodcock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754634396

ISBN-13: 9780754634393

Pub. Date: 04/01/2004

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

Why and how did Edmund Spenser employ fairy mythology in The Faerie Queene? In this book, Matthew Woodcock reasserts the importance of fairy mythology in this famous poem by demonstrating how Spenser places fairy at the very centre of his mythopœic project. Woodcock argues that despite the continued invitations in the poem to deconstruct Gloriana, Spenser's

Overview

Why and how did Edmund Spenser employ fairy mythology in The Faerie Queene? In this book, Matthew Woodcock reasserts the importance of fairy mythology in this famous poem by demonstrating how Spenser places fairy at the very centre of his mythopœic project. Woodcock argues that despite the continued invitations in the poem to deconstruct Gloriana, Spenser's identification of Queen Elizabeth I with the fairy queen figure is far more ambiguous than has previously been recognized. The poet is engaged both in constructing a mythological persona for the queen and in drawing attention to his own role as laureate and myth-maker. Spenser's 'elf-fashioning' is therefore a vital part of his authorial self-fashioning.

Fairy in The Faerie Queene is the first extended examination of the poem to locate Spenser's work within the context of early modern conceptions and representations of fairy and to discuss the representation of Elizabeth as the fairy queen in relation to the vast range of studies on Elizabethan myth-making.

This book will appeal to scholars with an interest in Spenser, fairy lore, and the representation of Queen Elizabeth I in Renaissance literature.

Contents: Preface
Introduction
Reading fairies in early modern texts
Sources and contexts
Spenserian fairy stories
Setting forth Fairyland and fairy knights
The Fairy Queen
The fairy chronicle
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index. Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor and Professor of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; author of The Reign of Elizabeth I (2002) and co-editor of Elizabeth I: Always Her Own Free Woman (2003)

Author Biography: Matthew Woodcock, Lecturer in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Department of English, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754634393
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevi
List of Abbreviationsviii
Introduction1
1Reading Fairies in Early Modern Texts9
2Sources and Contexts30
3Spenserian Fairy Stories51
4Setting Forth Fairyland and Fairy Knights76
5The Fairy Queen88
6The Fairy Chronicle116
Conclusion137
Bibliography141
Index158

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