The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser by Richard A. McCabe

The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser

EditorRichard A. McCabe

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Written by a team of international experts, the forty-two essays in The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser examine the entire canon of Spenser's work and the social and intellectual environments in which it was produced, providing new readings of the texts, extensive analysis of formercriticism, and up-to-date bibliographies. Section I, "Contexts", elucidates the circumstances in which the poetry and prose were written, and suggests some of the major political, social, and professional issues with which the work engages. Section 2, "Works", presents a series of new readings ofthe canon informed by the most recent scholarship. Section 3, "Poetic Craft", provides a detailed analysis of what Spenser termed the poet's "cunning", the linguistic, rhetorical, and stylistic skills that distinguish his writing. Section 4, "Sources and Influences", examines a wide range ofsubtexts, intertexts ,and analogues that contextualise the works within the literary conventions, traditions and genres upon which Spenser draws and not infrequently subverts. Section 5, "Reception", grapples with the issue of Spenser's effect on succeeding generations of editors, writers, painters,and book-illustrators, while also attempting to identify the most salient and influential strands in the critical tradition. The volume serves as both companion and herald to the Oxford University Press edition of Spenser's Complete Works. No "agreed" view of Spenser emerges from this work or is intended to. The contributors approach the texts from a variety of viewpoints and employ diverse methods of criticalinterpretation with a view to stimulating informed discussion and future scholarship.

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Richard A. McCabe is Fellow of Merton College, and Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University. He was elected FBA in 2007. He is author of Joseph Hall: A Study in Satire and Meditation (1982), The Pillars of Eternity: Time and Providence in 'The Faerie Queene' (1989), Incest, Drama, and Nature's Law 1550-1700 (1...

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Title:The Oxford Handbook of Edmund SpenserFormat:PaperbackDimensions:852 pagesPublished:August 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Richard A. McCabe: IntroductionAbbreviationsIllustrationsList of ContributorsSection 1: Contexts1. Willy Maley: Spenser's Life2. Claire McEachern: Spenser and Religion3. David Baker: Spenser and Politics4. Andrew Zurcher and Chris Burlinson: Spenser's Secretarial Career5. Ciaran Brady: Spenser's Plantation6. Wayne Erickson: Spenser's Patrons and Publishers7. Paul D. Stegner: Spenser's BiographersSection 2: Works8. Tom MacFaul: A Theatre for Worldlings (1569)9. Clare Kinney: The Shepheardes Calender (1579)10. Joseph Campana: Letters (1580)11. Linda Gregerson: The Faerie Queene (1590)12. Mark Rasmussen: Complaints, Daphnaida (1591)13. Patrick Cheney: Colin Clovts, Astrophel (1595)14. Roland Greene: Amoretti and Epithalamion (1595)15. Elizabeth Jane Bellamy: The Faerie Queene (1596)16. David Lee Miller: Fowre Hymnes, Prothalamion (1596)17. Elizabeth Fowler: A View of the Present State of Ireland (1596, 1633)18. Gordon Teskey: Two Cantos of Mutabilitie (1609)19. Lisa Celovsky and Joseph Black: 'Lost Works', Suppositious Pieces, and ContinuationsSection 3: Poetic Craft20. Dorothy Stephens: Spenser's Language(s)21. Jeff Dolven: Spenser's Metrics22. Colin Burrow: Spenser's Genres23. Peter Mack: Spenser and Rhetoric24. Kenneth Borris: Emblem, Allegory and Symbol25. Richard A. McCabe: Authorial Self-presentationSection 4: Sources and Influences26. Carol Kaske: Spenser and the Bible27. Syrithe Pugh: Spenser and Classical Literature28. Andrew Escobedo: Spenser and Philosophy29. Bart van Es: Spenser and Historiography30. Andrew King: Spenser, Chaucer and Medieval Romance31. Lee Piepho: Spenser and Neo-Latin Literature32. Elizabeth Heale: Spenser and Sixteenth-Century Poetics33. Jason Lawrence: Spenser and Italian Literature34. Anne Lake Prescott: Spenser and French LiteratureSection 5: Reception35. Joe Loewenstein: Spenser's Textual History36. Michelle O'Callaghan: Spenser's Literary Influence37. Claire Preston: Spenser and the Visual Arts38. David Wilson-Okamura: The Formalist Tradition39. John D. Staines: The Historicist Tradition40. Theresa Krier: Gender Studies41. Elizabeth D. Harvey: Psychoanalytical Criticism42. Andrew Hadfield: Postcolonial SpenserIndex

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"The Handbook's greatest strength is its provocative definition of new lines of inquiry." --Hazel Wilkinson, The Times Literary Supplement