Spenser, Plantation, and Government Policy

Ciaran Brady

in The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199227365
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Spenser, Plantation, and Government Policy

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This article considers the role of the plantation in Spenser's personal and imaginative life. It discusses the plantation attempted in Munster in the mid-1580s, which appears to form part of the centuries-old process by which England seized Irish land by force, settled it with its own subjects, and proceeded to establish legal claim to this act of dispossession. It describes the great rebellion which overran the plantation (and Spenser's share in it) the autumn of 1598, as a result of the pressures generated by the Crown's efforts to institute a resettlement of Munster. It discusses how Spenser's own troubled writing took shape amidst the deeply confused character of English governing attitudes toward Ireland in the sixteenth century.

Keywords: Ireland; English colonization; plantation; writing; Munster

Article.  10158 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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