The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic

The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic

by Linda Gregerson, Gregerson Linda
     
 

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Reformation iconoclasts found verbal figures dangerous, because - like pictures or statuary - they were capable of shaping and thus of waylaying the human imagination; and yet the Reformation produced the defining monuments of English epic. Through detailed readings of The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost, and using feminist, psychoanalytic, political, and formal… See more details below

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Reformation iconoclasts found verbal figures dangerous, because - like pictures or statuary - they were capable of shaping and thus of waylaying the human imagination; and yet the Reformation produced the defining monuments of English epic. Through detailed readings of The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost, and using feminist, psychoanalytic, political, and formal analysis, Linda Gregerson traces the strategies by which Spenser, and then Milton, distinguished their poems from idols, while making the epic poem an instrument for the reformation of the reading and political subject.

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"Here we have a detailed examination of literary style and achievement in epic poetry that brings Spenser and Milton more clearly into focus." Bibliotheque D'Humanisme

"...a worthy 1990s response to the last two English poetic epics." Diane Parkin-Speer, Sixteenth Century Journal

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ISBN-13:
9780521034906
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture Series, #6
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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