Spenser and Rhetoric

Peter Mack

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 and Rhetoric

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This article first describes the major texts and doctrines of classical and renaissance rhetoric, and then considers the rhetoric which Spenser and his contemporary readers would have learned at school and university. It discusses the Ramist affiliations of Spenser's close friend Gabriel Harvey. Finally, it examines ways in which approaches informed by rhetoric have been, and could be, used to interpret Spenser's works.

Keywords: rhetoric; Ramist affiliations; Gabriel Harvey; rhetoric

Article.  8424 words. 

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

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