Edmund Spenser's War On Lord Burghley

Hardcover | November 15, 2011

byBruce Danner

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Edmund Spenser's censored attacks on Lord Burghley (Elizabeth I's powerful first minister) serve as the basis for a reassessment of the poet's mid-career, challenging the dates of canonical texts, the social and personal contexts for scandalous topical allegories, and the new historicist portrait of Spenser's 'worship' of power and state ideology.

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Edmund Spenser's censored attacks on Lord Burghley (Elizabeth I's powerful first minister) serve as the basis for a reassessment of the poet's mid-career, challenging the dates of canonical texts, the social and personal contexts for scandalous topical allegories, and the new historicist portrait of Spenser's 'worship' of power and sta...

BRUCE DANNER has taught at St. Lawrence University and Skidmore College, USA. His articles have appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly, English Literary Renaissance, Studies in English Literature, Spenser Studies, and Mississippi Quarterly.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.69 inPublished:November 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230299032

ISBN - 13:9780230299030

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
Introduction
PART I: THE 1590 FAERIE QUEENE AND THE ORIGINS OF 'A MIGHTY PERES DISPLEASURE'
Lord Burghley and the Oxford Marriage
The Faerie Queene Dedicatory Sonnets and the Poetics of Misreading
PART II: THE COMPLAINTS AND 'THE MAN OF WHOM THE MUSE IS SCORNED'
The Ruines of Time and the Rhetoric of Contestation
Retrospective Fiction-making and the 'secrete' of the 1591 Virgils Gnat
Mother Hubberds Tale
and the Ambivalent Withdrawal from Power
PART III: AFTER THE COMPLAINTS
The Legacy of the Complaints and the Question of Slander
Afterword
Notes
Index