The Specter of Dido: Spenser and Virgilian Epic

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Poetry - 208 pages
This book dismantles the stereotype of Spenser as one who blurs earlier epic traditions. John Watkins's examinations of Spenser's major poetry reveal a poet keenly attuned to dissonances among his classical, medieval, and early modern sources. By bringing Virgil into an intertextual dialogue with Chaucer, Ariosto, and Tasso, and several Neo-Latin commentators, Spenser transformed the most patriarchal of genres into a vehicle for praising the Virgin Queen.

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Contents

Introduction
1
TW
30
THREE
62
vii
77
The Virgilian Origins of Book I of The Faerie Queene
90
FIVE
113
Afterword
175
Index
205
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