Journals Higher Education



Published: 03 February 2017

368 Pages | 9 black & white illustrations

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9781526109170

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Renaissance Psychologies

Spenser and Shakespeare

First Edition

Robert Lanier Reid

Published by Manchester University Press

The Manchester Spenser MUP

  • Explains two distinct versions of Renaissance psychology: Shakespeare's body-orientation and Spenser's Christian-Platonic emphasis of soul
  • Demonstrates the influence of Spenser on Shakespeare, as in the "playful metamorphosis of Gloriana into Titania" in A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Argues that while some see Spenser's art as regressively antiquated, it provides an on-going complement to Shakespeare's 'early modern' creation
  • Considers the holistic design of the writings of these two great poets