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Sidney and Spenser : the poet as maker /
S.K. Heninger, Jr.
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University Park, PA ; London : Pennsylvania State University Press, c1989.
description
xiii, 646 p.
ISBN
0271006668 :
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imprint
University Park, PA ; London : Pennsylvania State University Press, c1989.
isbn
0271006668 :
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
585993
 
Bibliography: p. [589]-627.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1990-10:
This sprawling work of scholarship aims to demonstrate the transmutation of allegory to fiction in the Elizabethan period. To achieve that end, it identifies Spenser's poetics as Platonic and traditional and Sidney's as Aristotelian and experimental, treating them in contradistinction as it argues for the idea of the English novel as "beginning" with Sidney. Although Heninger bows occasionally in the direction of contemporary theorists such as Barthes, Foucault, and Derrida, his discussion of narratology is, for the most part, historical and humanistic. Four of the seven chapters here concern themselves with Renaissance poetics and theories of composition; and questions about the nature of imitation and the function of rhetorical figures, images, and genres are taken up in learned detail. The study ends with two long chapters focusing mostly on The Faerie Queene and the old Arcadia respectively, but its value inheres more in its erudition than in its economy or cohesiveness. Excellent notes and a valuable bibliography. Recommended for libraries with a serious commitment to Renaissance studies at graduate and upper-division undergraduate levels. -W. C. Watterson, Bowdoin College
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