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Spenser’s Forms of History

Bart van Es

Abstract

This book describes six modes through which Early Modern England addressed the past: chronicle, chorography, antiquarian discourse, euhemerism, typology, and prophecy. By setting this material alongside the works of Edmund Spenser, the book explores allusive strategies ranging in effect from eulogy to polemic. Key Spenserian texts, including The Faerie Queene, The Shepeardes Calendar, and A View of the Present State of Ireland, are read against Elizabethan cultural documents extending from popular print to restricted manuscripts. Over the course of six chapters, each focusing on a single ‘form ... More

Keywords: Early Modern England, chronicle, chorography, antiquarian discourse, euhemerism, typology, prophecy, The Faerie Queene, The Shepeardes Calendar, A View of the Present State of Ireland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199249701
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249701.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bart van Es, author
St Catherine’s College, Oxford
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