Spenser's Familiar Letters

Jonathan Goldberg

in Sodometries

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232215
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241217 | DOI:
Spenser's Familiar Letters

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“Ah foolish Hobbinol, thy gyfts bene vayne: Colin them gives to Rosalind againe” (55–60). The analogical structure of this exchange of gifts (Hobbinol is to Colin as Colin is to Rosalind) repeats the generic transformation of the second eclogue, a doubling (giving again) that splits the same, rerouting Corydon's catalogue of gifts for Alexis. The same gifts pass from Hobbinol to Colin and from Colin to Rosalind; the same “vayne” effect is achieved in each case — it passes through several hands and is yet refused.

Keywords: Hobbinol; Colin; Rosalind; Spenser; eclogue; gifts; Corydon; Alexis

Chapter.  14673 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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