Character development in Edmund Spenser's the Faerie Queene

Character development in Edmund Spenser's the Faerie Queene


Abstract / Description

In her study of Spencer's ability to fuse topical and historical allegory to create characters who were both timely and timeless, Chishty-Mujahid (English, U. of North Alabama) focuses on Spencer's techniques of character development and of character functions. She argues that the strange, heroic and creepy characters who populate the Faerie Queen work to provide a vital framework for structuring the topical allegory and express the implications of the reader's moral development. Chishty-Mujahid demonstrates the ways that Spencer allegorizes important contemporary political events and subjects, such as Elizabethan perceptions of the Virgin Queen, the Catholicism and execution of Mary Stuart, the festering political discontent in Ireland, and the significance of Prince Arthur to Tudor propaganda.

Table of Contents

Introduction ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1

Chapter One: Refracted Regality: Spenser's Allegory of Justice and the Fragmentation of Monarchical Identity --------------------------------------------------- 21

Chapter Two: In Search of Gloriana"s Camelot: Spenser's Prince Arthur and the Creation of Composite Heroic Identity --------------------------------------------------- 71

Chapter Three: From Virgin to Victrix: Britomart and the Metamorphosis of Heroic Identity ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 117

Chapter Four: Spenserian and Scottish Harlots: Religious Tensions, English Nationhood, and the Political Metamorphosis of Ecclesiastical Identity ------- 143

Chapter Five: Thwarted Ambitions and Political Constraints: Artegall and the "Failure" of Heroic Identity --------------------------------------------------------------------- 185

Bibliography ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 221

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Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

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Author Affiliation

  • Dr. Nadya Q. Chishty Mujahid is Assistant Professor at Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi.

Character development in Edmund Spenser's the Faerie Queene