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Preface by Kathleeen Curtin aCKSon C. Boswell's new collection of Spenser allusions covers anunprecedentedgamutofmaterials,fromaportraitofladyanne Clifford that displays Spenser's Works as a mark of identity to the appearance of Spenser in scientific texts, travel writing, broadsides, andalmanacs.BuildingonthecollectioneditedbyWilliamWells,Boswell'sworkincreasesknowledgeofthewaysinwhichsixteenth-and seventeenth- enturyreadersandwritersassessedSpenser'sreputation, c illuminatingthewaysinwhichSpenser'scoinages,characters,places, andepisodesbecamepartofaculturalvocabularyandappearedina surprisingvarietyofregisters,genres,andcontexts. responding to contemporary interest in the history of books and reading, Boswell incorporates a group of materials largely absent from Wells's collection, including library catalogues, auction records, andmarginalia.Hiscollectionthusoffersinsightintohowearlymodern readers purchased, handled, and marked up particular copies of Spenser's works. For scholars researching marginalia in Spenser's works,Boswell'slistprovidesanextremelyvaluableoverviewofannotated copies. Boswell's summaries of annotations reveal patterns in readinghabits,particularlythestronginterestinthemoralandpolitical elements of Spenser's writings (see, for example, entries 402, 404, and406).SomereadersalsorelatedSpenser'sworkstocurrentevents; inanannotatedcopyofSpenser'sView of the Present State of Ireland,for example,ananonymousreadernotesthat"therebellionofoct[ober] 23.1641justifiedSpencerswisdomanddeepinsightintothatbarbarous nation"(entry409).Boswell'sannotationsalsotrackSpenser'sworksin thebackgroundofmajorhistoricalevents,informingus,forexample, thatSpenser'sFaerie QueenewasoneofthefewbooksthatCharlesihad withhiminprisoninthemonthsleadinguptohisexecution(entry239). Boswell broadens our understanding of how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century readers used Spenser's characters and situations as vii ©2012TheuniversityofnorthCarolinaPress viii Spenser Allusions metonymies for virtues and vices. often, writers compare contemporarypeopletoSpenserianfiguresinordertoofferpraiseorblame.For example, richard Montagu, in his Immediate Addresse unto God Alone (1624)pointstoarthur'sdefeatofGrantortoasanexampleforCharles, whomhedescribesas"Godslieftenant"indefeatinginjustice(entry 66).Similarly,ThomasStavely(1674)comparesartegallandTalus'sviolentcampaigntothecontemporaryfightagainstCatholicism,writing that"ourHeroicklawsdonoless,whenbytheircommandedofficers, theydissipatesuperstitiousconcourses,trussuptheGigantickJesuite, dragoutthemonstrousPlotters,andbatterdownthatsecondBabelof Confusion"(entry212).MostreferencestoSpenseriancharacters,however,arederisiveratherthancommendatory.Themostfrequentlycited charactersareSpenser'sfiguresofprideandignorance:Braggadochio, Trompart, orgoglio, and ignaro. archimago also appears, notably in ralphCudworth'sTrue Intellectual System of the Universe,asafigureof dangerousoccultmagic(entry226). referencestoSpenserappearinasurprisinglywiderangeofgenres. a 1696 almanac quotes FQ ii.ix.52 in a discussion of the astronomicalinfluencesofSaturn(entry367).antiquariesandwritersofhistory http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in Philology University of North Carolina Press

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by Kathleeen Curtin aCKSon C. Boswell's new collection of Spenser allusions covers anunprecedentedgamutofmaterials,fromaportraitofladyanne Clifford that displays Spenser's Works as a mark of identity to the appearance of Spenser in scientific texts, travel writing, broadsides, andalmanacs.BuildingonthecollectioneditedbyWilliamWells,Boswell'sworkincreasesknowledgeofthewaysinwhichsixteenth-and seventeenth- enturyreadersandwritersassessedSpenser'sreputation, c illuminatingthewaysinwhichSpenser'scoinages,characters,places, andepisodesbecamepartofaculturalvocabularyandappearedina surprisingvarietyofregisters,genres,andcontexts. responding to contemporary interest in the history of books and reading, Boswell incorporates a group of materials largely absent from Wells's collection, including library catalogues, auction records, andmarginalia.Hiscollectionthusoffersinsightintohowearlymodern readers purchased, handled, and marked up particular copies of Spenser's works. For scholars researching marginalia in Spenser's works,Boswell'slistprovidesanextremelyvaluableoverviewofannotated copies. Boswell's summaries of annotations reveal patterns in readinghabits,particularlythestronginterestinthemoralandpolitical elements of Spenser's writings (see, for example, entries 402, 404, and406).SomereadersalsorelatedSpenser'sworkstocurrentevents; inanannotatedcopyofSpenser'sView of the Present State of Ireland,for example,ananonymousreadernotesthat"therebellionofoct[ober] 23.1641justifiedSpencerswisdomanddeepinsightintothatbarbarous nation"(entry409).Boswell'sannotationsalsotrackSpenser'sworksin thebackgroundofmajorhistoricalevents,informingus,forexample, thatSpenser'sFaerie QueenewasoneofthefewbooksthatCharlesihad withhiminprisoninthemonthsleadinguptohisexecution(entry239). Boswell broadens our understanding of how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century readers used Spenser's characters and situations as vii ©2012TheuniversityofnorthCarolinaPress viii Spenser Allusions metonymies for virtues and vices. often, writers compare contemporarypeopletoSpenserianfiguresinordertoofferpraiseorblame.For example, richard Montagu, in his Immediate Addresse unto God Alone (1624)pointstoarthur'sdefeatofGrantortoasanexampleforCharles, whomhedescribesas"Godslieftenant"indefeatinginjustice(entry 66).Similarly,ThomasStavely(1674)comparesartegallandTalus'sviolentcampaigntothecontemporaryfightagainstCatholicism,writing that"ourHeroicklawsdonoless,whenbytheircommandedofficers, theydissipatesuperstitiousconcourses,trussuptheGigantickJesuite, dragoutthemonstrousPlotters,andbatterdownthatsecondBabelof Confusion"(entry212).MostreferencestoSpenseriancharacters,however,arederisiveratherthancommendatory.Themostfrequentlycited charactersareSpenser'sfiguresofprideandignorance:Braggadochio, Trompart, orgoglio, and ignaro. archimago also appears, notably in ralphCudworth'sTrue Intellectual System of the Universe,asafigureof dangerousoccultmagic(entry226). referencestoSpenserappearinasurprisinglywiderangeofgenres. a 1696 almanac quotes FQ ii.ix.52 in a discussion of the astronomicalinfluencesofSaturn(entry367).antiquariesandwritersofhistory

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Studies in PhilologyUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Mar 10, 2012

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