Spenser's Secret Career

Spenser's Secret Career


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Edmund Spenser (c.1552-99) conducted two careers at once: a celebrated poet, he also pursued a lifelong career as secretary to various political and ecclesiastical figures. Richard Rambuss's ground-breaking book explores the ways in which this latter profession informed his poetic career. It argues that for Spenser, the manipulation of secrets provided a strategy for self-promotion and a means of measuring his distance from royal and aristocratic power. The study presents a new picture of Spenser and examines ideas of gender, power, and subjecthood in the Renaissance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521030939
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/29/2006
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Professional secrets; 2. The secretary's study: the secret designs of The Shepheardes Calender; 3. 'In sundrie hands': the 1590 Faerie Queene and Spenser's Complaints; 4. Secret sights, private parts: the 1596 Faerie Queene; Notes; List of works cited; Index.

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