Irish Demons: English Writings on Ireland, the Irish, and Gender by Spenser and His Contemporaries

Overview

The interplay between colonialism and gender is the focus of this book, which concentrates on Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene in the context of English history. Spenser's attitudes toward the Irish are drawn out of the text of his poetry, especially his preoccupations with sexual promiscuity, Catholicism, and miscegenation. The underlying textual dynamics are analyzed in terms of Spenser's relationship with Queen Elizabeth and his residence in Ireland.

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Overview

The interplay between colonialism and gender is the focus of this book, which concentrates on Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene in the context of English history. Spenser's attitudes toward the Irish are drawn out of the text of his poetry, especially his preoccupations with sexual promiscuity, Catholicism, and miscegenation. The underlying textual dynamics are analyzed in terms of Spenser's relationship with Queen Elizabeth and his residence in Ireland.

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Editorial Reviews

MLR
Fitzpatrick makes a number of good points in the course of her study. She writes well on religion and has an eye for allegorical detail bases on historical events…
— Andrew Hadfield
Mlr - Andrew Hadfield
Fitzpatrick makes a number of good points in the course of her study. She writes well on religion and has an eye for allegorical detail bases on historical events…
Booknews
Fitzpatrick examines colonialism and gender in the and in generally marginal and neglected texts of the late 16th century. She finds that the poem betrays Spenser's attitudes toward the Irish in their relations to miscegenation, sexual promiscuity, mothering, Catholic idolatry, and gendered land that invites sexual and cartographic control. The study began as her Ph.D. dissertation for the Shakespeare Institute, England, and parts have been published separately. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761817352
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Fitzpatrick is a lecturer in Renaissance Literature at University College Northampton in England.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Writing of Ireland: The "Supplication" and A View of the Present State of Ireland Chapter 4 Religious Conflict: Truth, Error, and Duplicity Chapter 5 Acrasia, Ruddymane, and the Red Hand of Ulster Chapter 6 Gendered Histories: Nicolas Sander, Shakespeare, and the Post-Reformation Propaganda War Chapter 7 Savage Landscapes: Ireland and the Irish Rebels Chapter 8 The Plight of Munera: Violence against the Sexual and Religious Other Chapter 9 Pastoral Idylls and Lawless Rebels Chapter 10 Mutabilitie and Degeneration in The Faerie Queene Chapter 11 Notes Chapter 12 Bibliography Chapter 13 Index

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