Shakespeare and Spenser

Attractive opposites

By J. B. Lethbridge

Shakespeare and Spenser


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8642-7
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: November 2011
  • BIC Category: English, LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare, Literature & literary studies / Shakespeare studies & criticism, Literature, Literary studies: plays & playwrights, Literary studies: c 1600 to c 1800
  • Series: The Manchester Spenser


Shakespeare and Spenser: Attractive opposites is a much-needed volume that brings together ten original papers by experts on the relations between Spenser and Shakespeare. There has been much noteworthy work on the linguistic borrowings of Shakespeare from Spenser, but the subject has never before been treated systematically, and the linguistic borrowings lead to broader-scale borrowings and influences which are treated here. An additional feature of the book is that for the first time a large bibliography of previous work is offered which will be of the greatest help to those who follow up the opportunities offered by this collection. Shakespeare and Spenser: Attractive opposites presents new approaches, heralding a resurgence of interest in the relations between two of the greatest Renaissance English poets to a wider scholarly group and in a more systematic manner than before. This will be of interest to Students and academics interested in Renaissance literature.


'This book makes an outstanding contribution to the twin study of Spenser and Shakespeare, offering what is easily one of the best books ever written on the subject.. Highly recommended.'
Choice, June 2009


J. B Lethbridge is Lecturer in English Literature at Tübingen University.


Introduction. Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare: Methodological Investigations
1. Beyond Binarism: Eros/Death and Venus/Mars in Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra and Spenser's Faerie Queene
2. Spenser and Shakespeare: Polarized Approaches to Psychology, Poetics, and Patronage
3. Perdita, Pastorella, and the Romance of Literary Form: Shakespeare's Counter-Spenserian Authorship
4. Pastoral Forms and Religious Reform in Spenser and Shakespeare
5. The Equinoctial Boar: Venus and Adonis in Spenser's Garden, Shakespeare's Epyllion and Richard III's England
6. Hamlet's debt to Spenser's Mother Hubberds Tale: A Satire on Robert cecil?
7. Fusion: Spenserian Metaphor and Sidnean Example in Shakespeares King Lear
8. What means a Knight? Red Cross Knight and Edgar
9. The Seven Deadly Sins and Shakespeare's Jacobean Tragedies
Works Cited

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