This revised edition of Faerie Queene Book has been freshly brought out under the series Orient BlackSwan Annotated Study Texts which is a series designed to bring classic English texts closer to students so that they are able to enjoy and understand the literary beauty and value of these excellent works. The introductions, commentaries and notes are aimed to provide guidance to the student to perceive the complete literary and cultural matrix of the work as well as to draw on the stylistic and technical mastery of the writers. Frequently, the student finds himself/herself confronted with not only the intricacies of the text under study but also the necessity to grapple with it contextually in terms of genre, literary and historical background and critical commentary. These editions provide the necessary background and analysis, including a list of questions and topics for discussion in class as well as a select bibliography.
This edition of Faerie Queene covers all aspects of the genesis, the history and the deeper contextual and allegorical representations of this seminal work by Edmund Spenser within the scope of the annotations which are extremely detailed and exhaustive.
M C Jussawalla was formerly Head, Department of English, Elphinstone College, Mumbai.
Ananya Dutta Gupta teaches at the Department of English and Modern European Languages, Santiniketan, West Bengal. She has specialised in Renaissance literature.
Preface to the First Edition
A Note on the Text
Edmund Spenser Chronology
The Spenserian Stanza
A Letter of the Authors
The Outline of a Critical Biography
Sexual and Religious Politics in Book I of Spenser’s Faerie Queene: Harry Berger Jr.
Early Modern Masculinities and The Faerie Queene:
A Select Bibliography
Questions for Recapitulation
Topics for Discussion