A View of the State of Ireland / Edition 1

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This student edition is based on the first published text and offers an authoritative introduction, discussing the View's reception, relating it to Spenser's corpus as a whole, and summarising recent scholarship.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It will certainly be good to have an easily available andaffordable version of the Vewe, and this volume has severalvirtues which will recommend it to students and teachers of Spenserand related topics. It will certainly further Spenser studies,especially among undergraduates, to have this user-friendly editionavailable, and the editors and publisher are to be congratulated onits appearance." Spenser Newsletter 28, 2 (1997)

"This timely edition of Spenser's infamous prose treatise aboutIreland... which .includes a judicious introductory essay outliningthe current state of critical debate about Spenser, a chronology ofhis life, a glossary, and an annotated bibliography, goes a longway towards redressing ill-informed suppositions about thissixteenth-century dialogue. The edition has the further virtue thatit does not overwhelm the text with commentary or annotation. Thisdeft, informative and user-friendly edition of A View of theState of Ireland persuasively urges us not just to readSpenser's text in the first instance but to give full considerationto the historical and political contexts and epistemologicalframeworks within which readings of this highly problematical butcentral colonial treatise are constructed." Irish UniversityReview, Spring/Summer

"The appearance of a new paperback edition of Ware's version of theVewe, carefully prepared for a non-specialist audience byAndrew Hadfield and Willy Maley, is bound to raise the temperatureof this debate. Mindful that other scholars might complain thatWare's text is corrupt, Hadfield and Maley have overcome thisproblem by including an appendix of those passages that wereomitted from Spenser's text by Ware. This is arguably the mostimportant part of their attractive and accessible little book, andit should guarantee that their edition will become a standardreference for academics as well as general readers.Ireland

"The introduction as a whole is a model of clarity, balance andcompression which will admirably fulfil the editors aim of bringingSpenser's View to a far wider readership and they haveprovided also a critical guide to further reading which, both inits comprehensiveness and its detachment from the scholasticwranglings that have so often disfigured Spenser commentary, isexemplary." Irish Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631205357
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/30/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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 atthe University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the author ofLiterature, Politics and National Identity: Reformation toRenaissance (1994). He and Willy Maley co-editedRepresenting Ireland: Literature and the Origins of Conflict,1534-1660 (1993), with Brendan Bradshaw.

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

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Table of Contents


Framework of Events.



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

Between Eudoxus and Irenaeus.


Appendix One: Wares Notes.

Appendix Two: Guide for Further Reading.

Appendix Three: Passages Omitted from Wares Text.



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