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By Christopher Burlinson

This booklet offers an intensive reassessment of Spenserian allegory, particularly of The Faerie Queene, within the mild of latest historic and theoretical pursuits in area and fabric tradition. It explores the ambiguous and fluctuating cognizance to materiality, gadgets, and substance within the poetics of The Faerie Queene, and discusses the best way that Spenser's construction of allegorical which means uses this materiality, and transforms it. It indicates extra severe engagement with materiality (which has been so very important to the new research of early sleek drama) needs to come, in terms of allegorical narrative, via a learn of narrative and actual house, and during this context it is going directly to offer a studying of the spatial dimensions of the poem - quests and battles, forests, castles and hovels - and the spatial features of Spenser's different writings. The ebook reaffirms the necessity to position Spenser in his historic contexts - philosophical and clinical, army and architectural - in early smooth England, eire and Europe, but additionally presents a severe reassessment of this literary historicism. Dr CHRISTOPHER BURLINSON is a learn Fellow in English at Emmanuel collage, Cambridge.

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