The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic by Linda GregersonThe Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic by Linda Gregerson

The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic

byLinda Gregerson

Paperback | December 14, 2006

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Reformation iconoclasts viewed verbal images with the same distrust and aversion as visual images, because they too were capable of shaping and thus waylaying the human imagination; and yet the Reformation also produced the defining monuments of English epic. In an extended analysis, both lucid and theoretically sophisticated, Linda Gregerson traces the contradictory cultural roots of The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost, illuminating the ideological, political, and gender conflicts that Spenser and Milton confronted as they transformed the epic poem into an instrument for the reformation of the political subject.
Title:The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant EpicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:December 14, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521034906

ISBN - 13:9780521034906

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Emerging likeness: Spenser's mirror sequence of love; 2. The closed image; 3. Narcissus interrupted: specularity and the subject of the Tudor state; 4. The mirror of romance; 5. Fault lines: Milton's mirror of desire; 6. Words made visible: the embodied rhetoric of Satan, Sin and Death; 7. Divine similitude: language in exile; List of works cited; Index.

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"...a worthy 1990s response to the last two English poetic epics." Diane Parkin-Speer, Sixteenth Century Journal