A View of the State of Ireland / Edition 1

A View of the State of Ireland / Edition 1

by Andrew Hadfield, Edmund Spenser
     
 

Edmund Spenser's A View of the State of Ireland is an exemplary text that participates in several historical moments. Since its first publication in 1633 it has been read as an anti-Irish treatise. As a critical intervention in the public sphere by a major canonical author it has been drawn upon by some of the most important writers of subsequent ages, from

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Edmund Spenser's A View of the State of Ireland is an exemplary text that participates in several historical moments. Since its first publication in 1633 it has been read as an anti-Irish treatise. As a critical intervention in the public sphere by a major canonical author it has been drawn upon by some of the most important writers of subsequent ages, from Milton through to Wordsworth and Heaney.

The View has formed a key text in discussion of modern Ireland by distinguished critics such as Edward Said, Stephen Greenblatt and Declan Kiberd. This new edition of a founding document of English colonial culture promises to bring a compelling and controversial text to a larger audience than has hitherto been possible. As a highly influential colonial discourse and an exemplary exercise in the Renaissance dialogue form it merits the attention of scholars working across a range of disciplines and periods - in the Renaissance, in Irish studies, in the new British history, and in post-colonial theory. In literary studies, the View is now especially valued for the key it provides to the allegorical treatment of Ireland in Spenser's epic The Faerie Queene. In this new edition, aimed at securing for this vital document the wide readership it deserves, the editors offer the first published text, as edited by Sir James Ware (1633). Ware's preface and notes are supplemented with an authoritative introduction, discussing the View's reception, relating it to Spenser's corpus as a whole, and summarizing recent scholarship. The editors also provide a bibliography of criticism, and detailed notes designed to help the student.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631205357
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/30/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Hadfield is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the author of Literature, Politics and National Identity: Reformation to Renaissance (1994). He and Willy Maley co-edited Representing Ireland: Literature and the Origins of Conflict, 1534-1660 (1993), with Brendan Bradshaw.

Willy Maley is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. Apart from his collaborative volume with Maley and Bradshaw, he is also the author of Salvaging Spenser: Colonialism, Culture and Identity (1997) and A Spenser Chronology (1994).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Framework of Events.

Introduction.

Map.

A View of the State of Ireland, written dialogue-wise.

Between Eudoxus and Irenaeus.

Notes.

Appendix One: Wares Notes.

Appendix Two: Guide for Further Reading.

Appendix Three: Passages Omitted from Wares Text.

Glossary.

Index.

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