Spensers Forms of History: Elizabethan Poetry and the 'State of Present Time'

Hardcover | September 1, 2002

byBart Van Es

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In Spenser's Forms of History, Bart van Es describes six modes through which Early Modern England addressed the past: chronicle, chorography, antiquarian discourse, euhemerism, typology, and prophecy. By setting this material alongside the works of Edmund Spenser, the book explores allusivestrategies ranging in effect from euology to polemic. Key Spenserian texts, including The Faerie Queene, The Shepeardes Calendar, and A View of the Present State of Ireland, are read against Elizabethan cultural documents extending from popular print to restricted manuscripts. Over the course of sixchapters, each focusing on a single 'form', the book shows Spenser to have been an exceptional historical thinker. Drawing on recent studies of nationhood, the study not only offers a new picture of the English 'Poet Historical', but also makes an innovative contribution to current debatesconcerning the relationship between literature and history.

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In Spenser's Forms of History, Bart van Es describes six modes through which Early Modern England addressed the past: chronicle, chorography, antiquarian discourse, euhemerism, typology, and prophecy. By setting this material alongside the works of Edmund Spenser, the book explores allusivestrategies ranging in effect from euology to p...

Bart Van Es is a Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:242 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.72 inPublished:September 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199249709

ISBN - 13:9780199249701

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Table of Contents

List of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Chronicle and Missing History2. Chorography and the Presence of the Past3. Antiquarianism and Ireland's Conquest4. Euhemerism and Universal History5. Analogy and History in the Public Sphere6. Prophecy and HistoryConclusionBibliographyIndex

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