Ceremonies of Innocence: Pastoralism in the Poetry of Edmund Spenser by John D. BernardCeremonies of Innocence: Pastoralism in the Poetry of Edmund Spenser by John D. Bernard

Ceremonies of Innocence: Pastoralism in the Poetry of Edmund Spenser

byJohn D. Bernard

Paperback | February 4, 2010

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Ceremonies of Innocence, originally published in 1989, was the most comprehensive study of pastoralism in Edmund Spenser's poetry undertaken. The book traces the evolution of Spenser's own role as a poet in Elizabethan courtly society through an examination of his use and definition of pastoral. Rather than concentrating exclusively on his works in pastoral genres, it includes pastoral themes, motifs, and patterns in all of the works against the background of ideas about the contemplative life, medieval allegorical readings of Virgil, and the pastoral as an established courtly mode. It specific thesis is that Spenser gradually evolves a 'pastoral of contemplation' as against the sychophantic 'pastoral of power' identified by some Spenser and Renaissance scholars.
Title:Ceremonies of Innocence: Pastoralism in the Poetry of Edmund SpenserFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.59 inPublished:February 4, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521129230

ISBN - 13:9780521129237

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Vita contemplativa and the pastoral; 2. Colin's début; 3. The Faerie Queene (1590); 4. Colin Clout; 5. Exit Colin Clout; 6. The pastoral of the self; 7. Conclusion; Notes; Index.