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Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser (Richard A McCabe (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2010) 9780199227365
Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser (Richard A McCabe (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2010) 9780199227365
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Title: The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser

Author: McCabe, Richard A (ed)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199227365

Volumes: 1; Pages: 648

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Written by a team of international experts, the forty-two essays in The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser examine the entire canon of Spenser's work and the social and intellectual environments in which it was produced, providing new readings of the texts, extensive analysis of former criticism, and up-to-date bibliographies. Section I, 'Contexts', elucidates the circumstances in which the poetry and prose were written, and suggests some of the major political, social, and professional issues with which the work engages. Section 2, 'Works', presents a series of new readings of the canon informed by the most recent scholarship. Section 3, 'Poetic Craft', provides a detailed analysis of what Spenser termed the poet's 'cunning', the linguistic, rhetorical, and stylistic skills that distinguish his writing. Section 4, 'Sources and Influences', examines a wide range of subtexts, intertexts ,and analogues that contextualise the works within the literary conventions, traditions and genres upon which Spenser draws and not infrequently subverts. Section 5, 'Reception', grapples with the issue of Spenser's effect on succeeding generations of editors, writers, painters, and book-illustrators, while also attempting to identify the most salient and influential strands in the critical tradition. The volume serves as both companion and herald to the Oxford University Press edition of Spenser's Complete Works. No 'agreed' view of Spenser emerges from this work or is intended to. The contributors approach the texts from a variety of viewpoints and employ diverse methods of critical interpretation with a view to stimulating informed discussion and future scholarship.Table of ContentsIntroduction Richard A. McCabeAbbreviationsIllustrationsList of contributorsSection 1: Contexts1. Spenser's Life, Willy Maley2. Spenser and Religion, Claire McEachern3. Spenser and Politics, David Baker4. Spenser's Secretarial Career, Andrew Zurcher & Chris Burlinson5. Spenser's Plantation, Ciaran Brady6. Spenser's Patrons and Publishers, Wayne Erickson7. Spenser's Biographers, Paul D. StegnerSection 2: Works8. A Theatre for Worldlings (1569), Tom MacFaul9. The Shepheardes Calender (1579), Clare Kinney10. Letters (1580), Joseph Campana11. The Faerie Queene (1590), Linda Gregerson12. Complaints, Daphnaida (1591), Mark Rasmussen13. Colin Clovts, Astrophel (1595), Patrick Cheney14. Amoretti and Epithalamion (1595), Roland Greene15. The Faerie Queene (1596), Elizabeth Jane Bellamy16. Fowre Hymnes, Prothalamion (1596), David Lee Miller17. A View of the Present State of Ireland (1596, 1633), Elizabeth Fowler18. Two Cantos of Mutabilitie (1609), Gordon Teskey19. 'Lost Works', Suppositious Pieces, and Continuations, Lisa Celovsky & Joseph BlackSection 3: Poetic Craft20. Spenser's Language(s), Dorothy Stephens21. Spenser's Metrics, Jeff Dolven22. Spenser's Genres, Colin Burrow23. Spenser and Rhetoric, Peter Mack24. Emblem, Allegory and Symbol, Kenneth Borris25. Authorial Self-presentation, Richard A. McCabeSection 4: Sources and Influences26. Spenser and the Bible, Carol Kaske27. Spenser and Classical Literature, Syrithe Pugh28. Spenser and Philosophy, Andrew Escobedo29. Spenser and Historiography, Bart van Es30. Spenser, Chaucer and Medieval Romance, Andrew King31. Spenser and Neo-Latin Literature, Lee Piepho32. Spenser and Sixteenth-Century Poetics, Elizabeth Heale33. Spenser and Italian Literature, Jason Lawrence34. Spenser and French Literature, Anne Lake PrescottSection 5: Reception35. Spenser's Textual History, Joe Loewenstein36. Spenser's Literary Influence, Michelle O'Callaghan37. Spenser and the Visual Arts, Claire Preston38. The Formalist Tradition, David Wilson-Okamura39. The Historicist Tradition, John D. Staines40. Gender Studies, Theresa Krier41. Psychoanalytical Criticism, Elizabeth D. Harvey42. Postcolonial Spenser, Andrew HadfieldIndex
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