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Epilogue

Helen Cooper

in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199205882
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199205882.013.0046

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Epilogue

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This article focuses on the Tudor context in Spenser's The Faerie Queene. The richness of the Tudor context for The Faerie Queene has for long been overshadowed by scholarship on its classical and Italian connections, and more recently by the New Historicist emphasis on its immediate political context. Situated in its own historical and linguistic moment as the culmination of earlier Tudor literature, however, the work reveals a different set of qualities, variously overlapping with and complementary to what is conventionally thought of as humanist, that underline Spenser's commitment to the poetics of nationhood. The Faerie Queene was not only the celebration of national pride in the years after the Armada; it was also a summa of all that had made England and its literature what they were.

Keywords: The Faerie Queene; Tudor period; poem; poetry; English literature; humanist; nationhood

Article.  8538 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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