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Spenser's secret career

Label
Spenser's secret career
Title
Spenser's secret career
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Edmund Spenser (c.1552-99) conducted two careers at once: a celebrated poet, he also pursued a lifelong career as secretary to various political and ecclesiastical figures. Richard Rambuss's book explores how this latter career, usually allotted only cursory mention in accounts of Spenser's professional ambitions, informed his poetic career. Working from the fact that contemporary bureaucratic treatises defined the management of secrets as the central occupation of secretaryship, this study provides a careerist context for the attention to secrecy throughout Spenser's poetry. It takes issue with prevailing new historicist accounts which see Spenser's careerism as shaped entirely by a single-minded pursuit of laureateship along a Virgilian route from pastoral to epic. Spenser's Secret Career presents an alternative picture, arguing that for Spenser the manipulation of secrets - his own and others' - provided a strategy of self-promotion for both of his careers
Cataloging source
UkLiU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rambuss, Richard
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR2367.P6
LC item number
R3 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Cambridge studies in Renaissance literature and culture
Series volume
3
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Literature and society
  • Poets, English
  • Courts and courtiers in literature
  • Secretaries
  • Secrecy in literature
  • Spenser, Edmund
  • Spenser, Edmund
  • Spenser, Edmund
Label
Spenser's secret career
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-158) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Professional secrets. "Ouerture" and "Couerture" Leicester's gnat. Profession and vocation -- 2. The secretary's study: the secret designs of The Shepheardes Calender. The English secretary. E.K.'s cabinet of secrets. Spenser's closet -- 3. "In sundrie hands": the 1590 Faerie Queene and Spenser's Complaints. "Hidden still": The Faerie Queene 1-3. Spenser's Complaints: "Into each secrete part" -- 4. Secret sights, private parts: the 1596 Faerie Queene. Colin Cloute's Irish estate. Unlocking the "enlocked" sovereign breast. Secrecy and privacy
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 164 pages
Isbn
9780521416634
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Spenser's secret career
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-158) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Professional secrets. "Ouerture" and "Couerture" Leicester's gnat. Profession and vocation -- 2. The secretary's study: the secret designs of The Shepheardes Calender. The English secretary. E.K.'s cabinet of secrets. Spenser's closet -- 3. "In sundrie hands": the 1590 Faerie Queene and Spenser's Complaints. "Hidden still": The Faerie Queene 1-3. Spenser's Complaints: "Into each secrete part" -- 4. Secret sights, private parts: the 1596 Faerie Queene. Colin Cloute's Irish estate. Unlocking the "enlocked" sovereign breast. Secrecy and privacy
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xv, 164 pages
Isbn
9780521416634
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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