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Spenser's monstrous regiment : Elizabethan Ireland and the poetics of difference

Author: Richard A McCabe
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this important study of Spenser and nationhood - the first to contextualize Spenser's response to the Irish colonial situation by reference to contemporary Gaelic literature - Richard McCabe examines the poet's canon within the dual contexts of imperial aspiration and female 'regiment'. He shows how the experience of writing from Ireland, where the queen's influence repeatedly frustrated the expansionist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Edmund Spenser; Edmund Spenser; Edmund Spenser; Edmund Spenser; Edmund Spenser; Edmund Spenser; Königin I ) Elisabeth (England; Edmund Spenser
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard A McCabe
ISBN: 0198187343 9780198187349
OCLC Number: 50291190
Description: xiii, 306 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Beyond the Pale --
Pt. I. The Imperial Theme --
1. Arms and the Woman --
2. Spenser and the Rival Poets --
Pt. II. 'Salvagesse sans finesse' --
3. 'Salvage-Nacion' --
4. 'Salvage Knight' --
Pt. III. The Faerie Queene (1590) --
5. St. George for Ireland --
6. Sins of Difference --
7. Noble Britons, Savage Scyths --
Pt. IV. Dialogues of Displacement --
8. Colin Clout's Other Island --
9. Irenius's Mother Tongue --
Pt. V. The Faerie Queene (1596) --
10. 'Friendships Faultie Guile' --
11. Poetic Justice --
12. Savage Courtesy --
Pt. VI. Spenser's Ireland 1609-1650 --
13. Diana's Spite --
14. The Response to A View
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Spenser's 'Monstrous Regiment' is an account of how the experience of living and writing in Ireland qualified Spenser's attitude towards female regiment and challenged his notions of English  Read more...

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Two distinctive strengths make this book especially original. First, McCabe's knowledge of Irish language and literature provides a richer context, compensating for the "rigidly anglophone" Read more...

 
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