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Published: 07 July 2005

330 Pages | 12 b/w


ISBN: 9780199282043

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Spenser's Monstrous Regiment

Elizabethan Ireland and the Poetics of Difference

Richard A. McCabe

  • Uses contemporary Gaelic literature, and Bardic poetry in particular, to contextualise Spenser's polemical account of Irish society
  • The first major examination of Spenser's secretarial letters to illustrate his relation with Lord Grey and the political motivations that lie behind the poetics of heroism designed to rehabilitate Grey's reputation
  • Discusses how the Irish colonial experience led to Spenser's disenchantment with female regiment and distorted the form of The Faerie Queene