The Faerie Queene: A Reader's Guide / Edition 2

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The first great epic poem in the English language, The Faerie Queene is a long and complex allegory that presents the first-time reader with many difficulties of allusion and interpretation. This book, designed as a handbook to be consulted by students while reading the poem, is the only convenient and up-to-date guide available. Religious and political contexts are explained, while the analysis of Spenser's literary techniques encourages close reading. This revised edition takes account of recent developments in Spenserian criticism, and brings the guidance on further reading up to date.
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"...Heale acknowledges that she is neither comprehensive nor unbiased...the Guide truly may aid those preparing FQ for class, comprehensive exams, or even first-time teaching." Spenser Newsletter

"...a godsend for students epically struggling with Spenser's epic. Even for courses where only a canto of two is read, this is well worth buying and keeping close at hand while reading the poetry. Today even instructors need such guides, and this is a good one." Bibliotheque D'Humanisme

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521654685
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/26/2002
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction to the second edition; 1. Book 1; 2. Book 2; 3. Book 3; 4. Book 4; 5. Book 5; 6. Book 6; 7. The Mutabilitie Cantos; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index of characters and episodes.
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