Imagining Death in Spenser and Milton
Jane Bellamy, Elizabeth Jane Bellamy, Patrick Cheney, Michael Schoenfeldt
Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 30, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 216 pages
Imagining Death in Spenser and Milton assembles a wide array of essays on the compelling topic of death in two monumental representatives of the early modern canon, Edmund Spenser and John Milton. No collection of essays on Spenser and Milton has, to date, been published. This volume draws its impetus from the conviction that death is a central, yet curiously understudied, preoccupation for Spenser and Milton, contending that death is an indispensable backdrop for any attempt to articulate the relationship between Spenser and Milton - and hence for any literary history of the early modern period itself. Each essay breaks new critical ground on death as a central theme in the work of both writers - in the final analysis, Spenser's and Milton's struggles to represent death will provide readers with rich new perspectives on the religious, cultural, ideological and psychic anxieties of early modernity itself.
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