Spensers Monstrous Regiment

Spensers Monstrous Regiment

by R. MCCABE
     
 

Spenser's Monstrous Regiment is a stimulating and scholarly account of how the experience of living and writing in Ireland qualified Spenser's attitude towards female "regiment" and challenged his notions of English nationhood. Including a trenchant discussion of the influence of colonialism upon the structure, themes, imagery, and language of Spenser's

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Spenser's Monstrous Regiment is a stimulating and scholarly account of how the experience of living and writing in Ireland qualified Spenser's attitude towards female "regiment" and challenged his notions of English nationhood. Including a trenchant discussion of the influence of colonialism upon the structure, themes, imagery, and language of Spenser's poetry, this is the first major study of Spenser's canon to engage with primary Gaelic materials in its assessment of his relationship with native Irish and Old English culture.

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"Two distinctive strengths make this book especially original. First, McCabe's knowledge of Irish language and literature provides a richer context, compensating for the 'rigidly anglophone' limitations of recent scholarship. Second, McCabe challenges prevailing assumptions about art's relationship to ideology.... McCabe's informed account of Irish poetry makes Spenser's struggle against its attractions more urgent and acute.... McCabe concludes this fascinating book by showing how another Spenser shared the fate of those he sought to dispossess."—Renaissance Quarterly

"An important addition to the widespread recent reconsideration of the significance of Spenser's Irish experience to his nationalist poetry.... This book offers a major reorientation of the conversation on the meanings of Spenser's Irish experience; the yield in fresh contexts and vigorous interpretations is great."—Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198187349
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Merton College, Oxford University

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