ENGL410 - Edmund Spenser

This class will explore the poetry and politics of Edmund Spenser. As a friend of Gabriel Harvey and a client of Sir Philip Sidney, a secretary to Lord Grey of Wilton (lord deputy of Ireland, 1580-1582), and a New English planter himself, Spenser was at the center of some of England’s most controversial political and cultural moments of the late sixteenth century. We will examine the impress of this experience on his work through such short(er) poems as those contained in the Complaints and The Shepheardes Calender, prose such as A View of the Present State of Ireland, and selected books from Spenser’s long poem, The Faerie Queene. You will be asked to write one short (4-6 pages), and two slightly longer papers (6-8 pages) during the term.


Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.