The Resource Shepheards devises : Edmund Spenser's Shepheardes calender and the institutions of Elizabethan society, Robert Lane

Shepheards devises : Edmund Spenser's Shepheardes calender and the institutions of Elizabethan society, Robert Lane

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Shepheards devises : Edmund Spenser's Shepheardes calender and the institutions of Elizabethan society
Title
Shepheards devises
Title remainder
Edmund Spenser's Shepheardes calender and the institutions of Elizabethan society
Statement of responsibility
Robert Lane
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this study of Edmund Spenser's 1579 poem The Shepheardes Calender, Robert Lane uncovers hidden dimensions of Spenser's earliest important work by embedding it in the historical context of Queen Elizabeth's reign and showing how thoroughly it engages the fundamentally sociopolitical issues that confronted English society of the time. Rejecting earlier formalist and new historicist readings that viewed Elizabethan culture as fundamentally aristocratic, Lane reveals this poem's thoroughgoing identification with the nonelite of Spenser's society. By including such popular forms as fables, proverbs and woodcuts and by drawing on the vernacular literary tradition of Piers Plowman and Skelton's "Collyn Clout," Lane argues, the Calender valorizes the voice and culture of the subordinate classes in the highly stratified Elizabethan social order. The perspective of those who were politically and culturally disenfranchised is integral to the poem's critique of the Elizabethan institutions: the Crown and church, the social hierarchy, the practice of patronage, and the economic system. As Lane notes, discussion of such issues in Spenser's society was dangerous because the Crown claimed a prerogative to govern public speech. Lane describes how Spenser, while challenging this prerogative, used strategies that protected him from official retaliation. Important among these was the inclusion of voices within the text that seem to present an orthodox position but are in fact critically scrutinized. Lane goes on to show that by taking up controversial social and political issues, the Calender also raises the question of poetry's social role. Whereas most modern scholarship reads the poem as a monovocal treatise on aesthetics that is firmly aligned with the Court, Lane demonstrates that contained within the Calender's poetic discussion is a debate that actually interrogates the social status and function of courtly poetry and begins to outline an alternative conception consonant with it own practice
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1946-
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Lane, Robert
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR2359
LC item number
.L36 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Spenser, Edmund
  • Spenser, Edmund (1552?-1599)
  • Spenser, Edmund
  • Spenser, Edmund (1552?-1599) / The Shepheardes calender
  • Literature and society
  • Pastoral poetry, English
  • Social institutions in literature
  • The Shephearde's calendar (Spenser)
  • Instituties
  • Institutions sociales
  • Zeithintergrund
  • Instituties
  • Institutions sociales - Dans la littérature
  • The Shephearde's calendar (Spenser)
  • Literature and society
  • Pastoral poetry, English
  • Social institutions in literature
  • England
Label
Shepheards devises : Edmund Spenser's Shepheardes calender and the institutions of Elizabethan society, Robert Lane
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 240 p.
Isbn
9780820315140
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92027594
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26307198
  • (OCoLC)ocm26307198
Label
Shepheards devises : Edmund Spenser's Shepheardes calender and the institutions of Elizabethan society, Robert Lane
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 240 p.
Isbn
9780820315140
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92027594
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26307198
  • (OCoLC)ocm26307198

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