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Title"Iudge if ought therein be amis" : the paradox of Edmund Spenser's Queen
AuthorColbert, Carolyn M., 1966-
DescriptionThesis (M. A.), Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1999. English
Pagination134 leaves
SubjectSpenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599--Faerie queene; Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603--In literature;
DegreeM. A.
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of English
DisciplineEnglish Language and Literature
NotesBibliography: p. 130-134
AbstractQueen Elizabeth I is a figure of immense complexity: a woman who manifested the power of a prince, who ruled over a society that invested all authority, except that related to the sovereign, in men, and who embraced a notion of personal chastity that included qualities alien to that chastity practiced by other women. Consequently, she became the locus of iconographic interpretation. One of her interpreters is Edmund Spenser. In The Faerie Queene, he responds to the complications inherent in the conflation of female and monarch. Although he is her subject, he also retains a power-to instruct, celebrate, and criticize-related to his literary vocation. He does praise Elizabeth, and the encomia in The Faerie Queene are easily recognizable. However, it is too facile to project only the complimentary images of the queen. This thesis considers how Spenser reacts to the contradictions and ambiguities arising from Elizabeth's anomalous and radical position. Furthermore, it analyzes how his queen, shadowed as Gloriana, Belphoebe, Britomart, and Amoret, among others, is a paradox: she is transmuted into allegorical figures who evoke expressions of celebration, as well as tension, hostility, and criticism.
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SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifiera1355621
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
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