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‘Without Respect of Utility’: Precarious Life and the Politics of Edmund Spenser’s <i>Legend of Friendship</i>

James Kuzner

in Open Subjects

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748642533
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651580 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642533.003.0003
‘Without Respect of Utility’: Precarious Life and the Politics of Edmund Spenser’s Legend of Friendship

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This chapter studies the general theory of vulnerability, and the capacity of friendship in Edmund Spenser's Legend of Friendship to help shape selfhood. It discusses the epic's ability to strengthen and respect the boundaries that are needed for self-concern, as well as to erode and ignore those boundaries. The chapter shows that Spenser's thinking can be placed beside friendship theory, and considers the formation of the bonds of friendship.

Keywords: theory of vulnerability; friendship; Edmund Spenser; selfhood; friendship theory; bonds of friendship

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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