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Edmund Spenser's Irish Experience: Wilde Fruit and Salvage Soyl

Andrew Hadfield


This book argues that Edmund Spenser's perception and fragmented representation of Ireland shadows the whole narrative of his major work, The Faerie Queene, traditionally regarded as one of the finest achievements of the English Renaissance. The poem has often been read in specifically English contexts but, as the author argues, demands to be read in terms of England's expanding colonial hegemony within the British Isles and the ensuing fear that such national ambition would actually lead to the destruction of England's post-Reformation legacy. Spenser should be seen less as an English writer ... More

Keywords: Edmund Spenser, The Fairie Queene, English Renaissance, Ireland, political rhetoric, poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183457
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183457.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Hadfield, author
University of Wales