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MacCaffrey Prize 2018

This year’s prize, for the best book on Spenser published either in 2015 or 2016, was awarded to Syrithe Pugh’s Spenser and Virgil: The Pastoral Poems (Manchester University Press [The Manchester Spenser series], 2016). The judges concluded that ‘Syrithe Pugh’s Spenser and Virgil is an important and exceptionally learned rethinking of Spenser’s relationship to Virgil. It persuasively unsettles critical commonplaces about Spenser’s literary career as following a Virgilian teleology that moves from pastoral to epic, and asks us to recognizes the varied ways that Spenser engages a Virgil whose pastoral poems themselves offer strong political critiques.’


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"MacCaffrey Prize 2018," Spenser Review 48.1.16 (Winter 2018). Accessed May 24th, 2018.
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