Spensers Secret Career by Richard RambussSpensers Secret Career by Richard Rambuss

Spensers Secret Career

byRichard Rambuss

Paperback | January 29, 2007

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Edmund Spenser (c.1552-99) conducted two careers at once: a celebrated poet, he also pursued a lifelong career as secretary to various political and ecclesiastical figures. Richard Rambuss's ground-breaking book explores the ways in which this latter profession informed his poetic career. It argues that for Spenser, the manipulation of secrets provided a strategy for self-promotion and a means of measuring his distance from royal and aristocratic power. The study presents a new picture of Spenser and examines ideas of gender, power, and subjecthood in the Renaissance.
Title:Spensers Secret CareerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.43 inPublished:January 29, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521030935

ISBN - 13:9780521030939

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Professional secrets; 2. The secretary's study: the secret designs of The Shepheardes Calender; 3. 'In sundrie hands': the 1590 Faerie Queene and Spenser's Complaints; 4. Secret sights, private parts: the 1596 Faerie Queene; Notes; List of works cited; Index.

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"...an elegant and painstaking reading...one of the most well-constructed readings of its kind..." Nigel Smith, Times Literary Supplement