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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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  • The Reformation of the Subject is a study of the cultural contradictions that gave birth to the English Protestant epic. In lucid and theoretically sophisticated language, Linda Gregerson examines the fraught ideological, political and gender conflicts that are woven into the texture of The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost. She reminds us that Reformation iconoclasts viewed verbal images with the same aversion as visual images, because they too were capable of waylaying the human imagination. Through a series of detailed readings, Gregerson examines the different strategies adopted by Spenser and Milton as they sought to distinguish their poems from idols yet preserve the shaping power that iconoclasts have long attributed to icons. Tracing the transformation of the epic poem into an instrument for the reformation of the political subject, Gregerson thus provides an illuminating contribution to our understanding of the ways in which subjectivities are historically produced.

    • 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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    • 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

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    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
    Index.

  • Author

    Linda Gregerson, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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