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The art of The Faerie Queene

Brown, Richard Danson (2019). The art of The Faerie Queene. The Manchester Spenser. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

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Abstract

The Art of The Faerie Queene is the first book centrally focused on the forms and poetic techniques employed by Spenser. Though much scholarly attention in recent years has been on the relationships between Spenser’s poetry and political and colonial history, the place of his epic in literary history has received less attention. This book aims to rectify that by re-reading The Faerie Queene as poetry which is at once absorbing, demanding, and experimental. The Spenser explored here ingeniously uses the tricks of his poetic style to amplify his symbolic agendas and to deepen the experience of his readers.
One of the book’s particular originalities is the way in which it reframes Spenser’s place in literary history. As opposed to the stylistic conservatism diagnosed by previous generations of scholars, The Art of The Faerie Queene presents the poem as more radical, more edgy, and less conventional, particularly as it appeared to Spenser’s first readers. As such, the book proposes new ways of understanding the Elizabethan poetic Renaissance and the ways in which Spenser is best understood in terms of literary history.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2019 Richard Danson Brown
ISBN: 0-7190-8732-5, 978-0-7190-8732-5
Keywords: Spenser; Poetic techinques; The Faerie Queene; Poetry; Form
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: History of Books and Reading (HOBAR)
Item ID: 58715
Depositing User: Richard Danson Brown
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 10:21
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2019 10:11
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58715
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