The Spenser Encyclopedia by A. C. Hamilton

By A. C. Hamilton

'This masterly paintings should be The Elizabethan Encyclopedia, and no less.' - Cahiers Elizabethains
Edmund Spenser is still one in every of Britain's most famed poets. With approximately seven-hundred entries this Encyclopedia offers a complete one-stop reference instrument for:
* appreciating Spenser's poetry within the context of his age and our own
* figuring out the language, topics and characters of the poems
* effortless to discover entries prepared via topic.

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Bradleian character analysis dominated Shakespeare criticism in the early twentieth century, but was subjected to mockery by L. C. ’16 It fared badly both with New Critical and more recent postmodernist approaches. ’17 A better understanding of the cultural contingency of characterization might change such a state of affairs. Specifically, an assessment of Shakespeare’s characters that does not teleologically take for granted the superiority of the ‘round’ character which a culture of literacy has brought about might profitably be included in a more extended treatment of the theatrical and literary features of Shakespeare’s playtexts.

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