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The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser


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IntroductionRichard A. McCabe: Abbreviations Illustrations List of contributors Section 1: Contexts 1: Willy Maley: Spenser's Life 2: Claire McEachern: Spenser and Religion 3: David Baker: Spenser and Politics 4: Andrew Zurcher & Chris Burlinson: Spenser's Secretarial Career 5: Ciaran Brady: Spenser's Plantation 6: Wayne Erickson: Spenser's Patrons and Publishers 7: Paul D. Stegner: Spenser's Biographers Section 2: Works 8: 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 & Joseph Black: 'Lost Works', Suppositious Pieces, and Continuations Section 3: Poetic Craft 20: Dorothy Stephens: Spenser's Language(s) 21: Jeff Dolven: Spenser's Metrics 22: Colin Burrow: Spenser's Genres 23: Peter Mack: Spenser and Rhetoric 24: Kenneth Borris: Emblem, Allegory and Symbol 25: Richard A. McCabe: Authorial Self-presentation Section 4: Sources and Influences 26: Carol Kaske: Spenser and the Bible 27: Syrithe Pugh: Spenser and Classical Literature 28: Andrew Escobedo: Spenser and Philosophy 29: Bart van Es: Spenser and Historiography 30: Andrew King: Spenser, Chaucer and Medieval Romance 31: Lee Piepho: Spenser and Neo-Latin Literature 32: Elizabeth Heale: Spenser and Sixteenth-Century Poetics 33: Jason Lawrence: Spenser and Italian Literature 34: Anne Lake Prescott: Spenser and French Literature Section 5: Reception 35: Joe Loewenstein: Spenser's Textual History 36: Michelle O'Callaghan: Spenser's Literary Influence 37: Claire Preston: Spenser and the Visual Arts 38: David Wilson-Okamura: The Formalist Tradition 39: John D. Staines: The Historicist Tradition 40: Theresa Krier: Gender Studies 41: Elizabeth D. Harvey: Psychoanalytical Criticism 42: Andrew Hadfield: Postcolonial Spenser Index

About the Author

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 (1993), and Spenser's Monstrous Regiment: Elizabethan Ireland and the Poetics of Difference (2002). He has edited Edmund Spenser: The Shorter Poems for Penguin (1999). With Howard Erskine-Hill he co-edited Presenting Poetry: Composition, Publication, Reception (1995), and with David Womersley Literary Milieux: Essays in Text and Context presented to Howard Erskine-Hill.


`Review from previous edition This volume is a huge undertaking and is to be welcomed for its comprehensive coverage and attention to detail' Joan Fitzpatrick, Year's Work in English Studies `The Handbook's greatest strength is its provocative definition of new lines of inquiry.' Hazel Wilkinson, The Times Literary Supplement

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