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    Edmund Spenser and Transhistorical Memory in Ireland


    Frawley, Oona (2017) Edmund Spenser and Transhistorical Memory in Ireland. Irish University Review, 47 (1). pp. 32-47. ISSN 1755-6198

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    Abstract

    Edmund Spenser has been beleaguered by some critics who deem him to be a willing and active representative of the worst of English colonial aspirations, and defended by others who see him as a humanist poet caught in the closing jaws of an imperial mission. This vacillation of opinion is seen in the rewriting of Spenser by Irish writers over time. Spenser has also haunted Irish critical work, moving through the contemporary academy in a swift transmission beginning in the 1980s, when ‘Spenser and Ireland’ became a subject of some significance. Yet now, only thirty years later, that attention has been diverted, leaving Spenser, in an Irish context at least, as a placeholder of memory. This essay considers key moments or changes in the rewriting of Spenser's cultural memory in Ireland, considering the long duration of his figuring in Irish literature and culture as a case study of transhistorical memory.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Literary Studies; Literary Reviews; prose; 1500-1599; collective memory; Ireland; English literature; A View of the Present State of Ireland; Spenser, Edmund(1552-1599); Collective memory; Analysis; Criticism and interpretation; Influence; History; Poets; Portrayals; Irish literature;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > English
    Item ID: 11541
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3366/iur.2017.0255
    Depositing User: Oona Frawley
    Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2019 16:00
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish University Review
    Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
    Refereed: Yes
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