The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic (Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture)

  • Publish Date: 1995-05-26
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Linda Gregerson
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Reformation iconoclasts viewed verbal images with the same distrust and aversion as visual images, because they too were capable of shaping and thus waylaying the human imagination; and yet the Reformation also produced the defining monuments of English epic. In an extended analysis, both lucid and theoretically sophisticated, Linda Gregerson traces the contradictory cultural roots of The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost, illuminating the ideological, political, and gender conflicts that Spenser and Milton confronted as they transformed the epic poem into an instrument for the reformation of the political subject.



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