Spenser's Monstrous Regiment by Richard A. McCabe
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Spenser's Monstrous Regiment
By Richard A. McCabe

Spenser's Monstrous Regiment

Elizabethan Ireland and the Poetics of Difference

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Spenser's Monstrous Regiment by Richard A. McCabe

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In this important study of Spenser and nationhood - the first to contextualize Spenser's response to the Irish colonial situation by reference to contemporary Gaelic literature - Richard McCabe examines the poet's canon within the dual contexts of imperial aspiration and female 'regiment'. He shows how the experience of writing from Ireland, where the queen's influence repeatedly frustrated the expansionist ambitions of New English settlers, intensified Spenser's sense of alienation from female sovereignty and led to the remarkable fusion of colonial and sexual anxieties evident in The Faerie Queene's pervasive images of anti-heroic emasculation. At the same time the paradoxical attempt to impose civility through violence compromised the poem's moral vision and problematized its conception of national identity. The attempt to create an English myth of origin coincided uneasily with the need to discredit its Gaelic counterpart, as formulated in such works as the Lebor Gabala Erenn, while the perceived 'degeneration' of Old English families within the Pale confounded the ethnic distinctions upon which the colonial enterprise had come to rest and challenged the validity of all nationalist 'myth'. By drawing upon a wide range of Gaelic poets, historians, and polemicists, McCabe seeks to recover the voices that the dialectical format of A View of the Present State of Ireland is designed to exclude and to demonstrate how the Irish dimension of The Faerie Queene provides a dark, but aesthetically enhancing subtext to the poetics of national celebration.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199282043
ISBN-10: 0199282048
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 139mm x 18mm)
Pages: 330
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard A. McCabe

Richard McCabe is Professor of English Language and Literature and Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford.

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