The Faerie Queene: A Readers Guide by Elizabeth HealeThe Faerie Queene: A Readers Guide by Elizabeth Heale

The Faerie Queene: A Readers Guide

byElizabeth Heale

Paperback | March 28, 1999

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The first great epic poem in the English language, The Faerie Queene is a long and complex allegory that presents the first-time reader with many difficulties of allusion and interpretation. This book, designed as a handbook to be consulted by students while reading the poem, is the only convenient and up-to-date guide available. Religious and political contexts are explained, while the analysis of Spenser's literary techniques encourages close reading. This revised edition takes account of recent developments in Spenserian criticism, and brings the guidance on further reading up to date.
Title:The Faerie Queene: A Readers GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.47 inPublished:March 28, 1999Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521654688

ISBN - 13:9780521654685

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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction to the second edition; 1. Book 1; 2. Book 2; 3. Book 3; 4. Book 4; 5. Book 5; 6. Book 6; 7. The Mutabilitie Cantos; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index of characters and episodes.

From Our Editors

As far as we know, The Faerie Queene was the first great epic poem written in English. Today the text can seem inaccessible because of its complicated allegories and political contexts. In The Faerie Queene: A Reader’s Guide, Elizabeth Heale explains the poem’s religious and political backgrounds. Heale also helps you to read very closely in order to grasp Spenser’s complex literary techniques.

Editorial Reviews

"...a godsend for students epically struggling with Spenser's epic. Even for courses where only a canto of two is read, this is well worth buying and keeping close at hand while reading the poetry. Today even instructors need such guides, and this is a good one." Bibliotheque D'Humanisme