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The Reformation of the Subject
Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521034906

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  • Reformation iconoclasts viewed verbal images with the same distrust and aversion as visual images, because they too were capable of shaping and thus waylaying the human imagination; and yet the Reformation also produced the defining monuments of English epic. In an extended analysis, both lucid and theoretically sophisticated, Linda Gregerson traces the contradictory cultural roots of The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost, illuminating the ideological, political, and gender conflicts that Spenser and Milton confronted as they transformed the epic poem into an instrument for the reformation of the political subject.

    • Interesting exposition of the craft of Renaissance poetry in the context of postmodern theory
    • Subtle and sensitive readings of major poetic works by a critic who is also a highly-respected poet
    • Major addition to Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture series
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Here we have a detailed examination of literary style and achievement in epic poetry that brings Spenser and Milton more clearly into focus." Bibliotheque D'Humanisme

    "...a worthy 1990s response to the last two English poetic epics." Diane Parkin-Speer, Sixteenth Century Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521034906
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.445kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Emerging likeness: Spenser's mirror sequence of love
    2. The closed image
    3. Narcissus interrupted: specularity and the subject of the Tudor state
    4. The mirror of romance
    5. Fault lines: Milton's mirror of desire
    6. Words made visible: the embodied rhetoric of Satan, Sin and Death
    7. Divine similitude: language in exile
    List of works cited

  • Author

    Linda Gregerson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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