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The Pain of Reformation


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List of Figures Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Part 1: The Legend of Holiness 1. Reading Bleeding Trees: Th e Poetics of Other People's Pain 2. Spenser's Dark Materials: Representation in the Shadow of Christ Part II: The Legend of Temperance 3. On Not Defending Poetry: Spenser, Suff ering, and the Energy of Aff ect 4. Boy Toys and Liquid Joys: Pleasure and Power in the Bower of Bliss Part III: The Legend of Chastity 5. Vulnerable Subjects: Amoret's Agony, Britomart's Battle for Chastity 6. Damaged Gods: Adonis and the Pain of Allegory Conclusion Notes 000 Index 000

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The Pain of Reformation argues that Edmund Spenser's 1590 Faerie Queene examines emerging notions of vulnerability in Renaissance England.

About the Author

Joseph Campana is Alan Dugald McKillop Chair and Associate Professor at Rice University. He is the author of The Pain of Reformation: Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity (Fordham, 2012), which won the South Central MLA Book Prize, and two collections of poetry, The Book of Faces (Graywolf, 2005) and Natural Selections (Iowa, 2012), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. His essays have appeared in PMLA, Modern Philology, ELH, Shakespeare, Shakespeare Studies, and elsewhere. He is currently completing two studies, The Child's Two Bodies, which considers children and sovereignty in the works of Shakespeare, and Bee Tree Child, which explores scale, multiplicity, plasticity, and other new rubrics for calibrating the relationship between human and non-human worlds in the Renaissance.


"Campana makes a highly compelling case for his claims, and this accomplished and ambitious book will undoubtedly provoke a great deal of lively discussion for years to come."-Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 "... This book will hearten anyone seeking an alternative to overly pious or hegemonic readings of 'The Faerie Queene'."- Renaissance Quarterly "Each chapter is a gem."- Choice "A brilliant, bold, generous, and moving book. Campana makes powerful contributions in ethics, gender and sexuality, and the narrative imagination in Spenser's Reformation culture."-Theresa Krier, Macalester College "This splendid book makes a fresh and original entry into the burgeoning criticism on Renaissance selfhood. Campana brilliantly links the motif of vulnerability to the social and physiological precariousness of early modern masculinity."-Michael Schoenfeldt, University of Michigan

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