Interpretation And Theology In Spenser: Interpretation & Theology In S by Darryl J. GlessInterpretation And Theology In Spenser: Interpretation & Theology In S by Darryl J. Gless

Interpretation And Theology In Spenser: Interpretation & Theology In S

byDarryl J. Gless

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The extent to which a knowledge of sixteenth-century theological doctrines can help readers interpret the works of Edmund Spenser has long been a matter of controversy. In Interpretation and Theology in Spenser Darryl J. Gless offers a new approach: drawing on recent literary theories, he focuses less on what Spenser intended than on the ways readers might construe both the poet's works and the theological doctrines which those works invoke. Professor Gless demonstrates the seldom-admitted fact that theological texts, like literary ones, are subject to the interpretive activity of readers. Informed by this approach to Elizabethan theology, he develops a thorough analysis of the first, most widely studied, book of Spenser's Elizabethan epic The Faerie Queene. He concludes with a fast-moving survey of ways in which theological perspectives can enrich significant moments in later, less overtly theological, passages of Spenser's great poem.

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Title:Interpretation And Theology In Spenser: Interpretation & Theology In SFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:September 26, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521020298

ISBN - 13:9780521020299

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Acknowledgements; Introduction: reading theology/reading The Faerie Queene; 1. Holiness: consensus, complexity, contradiction; 2. Multiplying perspectives; 3. Constructing evil; 4. Achieving sin; 5. Reconstructing heroism; 6. Recovering holiness; 7. 'Spenser' and dogmatic mutability; Notes; Index.