The Cambridge Companion to Spenser by Andrew HadfieldThe Cambridge Companion to Spenser by Andrew Hadfield

The Cambridge Companion to Spenser

EditorAndrew Hadfield

Paperback | June 18, 2001

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In this accessible and rigorous introduction to Spenser, fourteen specially-commissioned essays provide all the essential information required to appreciate and understand Spenser's rewarding and challenging work. The Companion guides the reader through Spenser's poetry and prose, and provides extensive commentary on his life, the historical and religious context in which he wrote, his wide reading in Classical, European and English poetry, his sexual politics and use of language. A chronology and further reading lists make this volume indispensable for any student of Spenser.
Title:The Cambridge Companion to SpenserFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:June 18, 2001Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521645700

ISBN - 13:9780521645706

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Chronology; Introduction: The relevance of Edmund Spenser A. Hadfield; 1. Spenser's life and career R. Rambuss; 2. Historical contexts: Britain and Europe D. J. Baker; 3. Ireland: policy, poetics and parody R. McCabe; 4. Spenser's pastorals: The Shepardes Calender and Colin Clouts Come Home Againe P. Cheney; 5. The Faerie Queene, I-III S. L. Wofford; 6. The Faerie Queene, IV-VII A. Hadfield; 7. Spenser's shorter poems A. L. Prescott; 8. Spenser's languages: writing in the ruins of English W. Maley; 9. Sexual politics L. Gregerson; 10. Spenser's religion J. King; 11. Spenser and classical traditions C. Borrow; 12. Spenser and contemporary vernacular poetry R. Greene; 13. Spenser's influence P. Alpers; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"This collection of essays provides a valuable survey of current critical perspectives on one of the greatest Elizabethan poets.... many excellent essays await the reader of this thoughtful companion to Spenser. Also helpful is the list of additional readings that follows each chapter, the chronological table of Spenser's life, and the index. The Cambridge Companion to Spenser thus not only guides students and scholars through the complexities of Spenser's poetry; it also provides diverse critical perspectives and scholarship of the highest order." Sixteenth Century Journal