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Ralegh at 400
by Allison Bigelow, Vivienne Westbrook, Daniel Carey, Carlo M. Bajetta, Mark Nicholls, Gordon Braden, Catherine Bates, Cathy Shrank, Judith Owens, Claire Jowitt, Thomas Herron, Nicholas Popper, Eric Klingelhofer, Willy Maley

October 29 2018 marks the 400th anniversary of the execution of a somewhat unlikely ‘traitor’, a man who will always remain of interest to Spenserians, one Walter Ralegh. But, then, perhaps, we should remember that so many traitors might seem ‘unlikely’ as they were figures close to the crown who fell out of favour as spectacularly as their fortunes had risen (think of Anne Boleyn, Henry Howard, earl of Surrey, Dr. Lopez). Even so Ralegh’s case continues to generate particular interest and we are grateful to Willy Maley for the suggestion that this issue of The Spenser Review might turns its attentions towards him. Accordingly, we solicited a range of responses to Ralegh’s life and legacy from academics in various fields. The results were both interesting and surprising, as well as pleasingly wide-ranging: the pieces that follow track the fertile ‘lie[s]’, outrageous postures and affective dynamics of his poetry outwards to events such as the toppling of statues of Confederacy heroes in the US last year. Clearly, we have not done with him yet. Read more…

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    The 400th anniversary of Walter Ralegh's execution invites reflection on the complex lives of historical figures like him who fell from favor. Ralegh's legacy remains intriguing, as this collection of responses demonstrates. His poetry and actions continue to resonate with contemporary events, proving that his story is far from concluded.

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    The commemoration of Walter Ralegh's 400th anniversary serves as a poignant reminder of the complex intrigues and shifting fortunes of historical figures. Ralegh's multifaceted life continues to captivate scholars, as demonstrated by the diverse perspectives in this issue of The Spenser Review. His poetry's enduring relevance in the context of contemporary events reaffirms the enduring allure of his legacy.

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Allison Bigelow, Vivienne Westbrook, Daniel Carey, Carlo M. Bajetta, Mark Nicholls, Gordon Braden, Catherine Bates, Cathy Shrank, Judith Owens, Claire Jowitt, Thomas Herron, Nicholas Popper, Eric Klingelhofer, Willy Maley, "Ralegh at 400," Spenser Review (Fall 2018). Accessed April 17th, 2024.
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