The current issue of ‘The Spenser Review’ brings together a number of new and already established features of the journal which we plan to develop in the next few issues. We are delighted to be able to include Jeffrey Griswold’s essay ‘The False Florimell and Non-Human Consent’, winner of the inaugural Anne Lake Prescott graduate studies paper prize. Many congratulations are due to the author who was chosen by a distinguished panel of Spenser judges. The essay included here stood out from a strong field in combining sophisticated literary-critical analysis of an often neglected passage of The Faerie Queene with an awareness of the complicated relationship between the human and the non-human, a burning issue now as it was in Spenser’s time.
As it is our plan to include more work by early career scholars we also feature an essay on the figure of Timias and chivalry by Stuart Hart, who recently completed his Ph.D at the University of Birmingham. Like the False Florimell, Timias is all too often overlooked or sidelined in literary criticism.
We are also pleased to follow the series of reflections on Sir Walter Ralegh in the last issue (48.3) with pieces on the state of Spenser graduate studies by four distinguished scholars. We aim to include more such polyvocal items in the future and would be glad to receive suggestions of topics of interest.
The issue includes eleven new reviews, with a substantial number ready for the next issue, a sign of the healthy state of critical thinking in our field. Many thanks to Richard for his hard work and expertise in overseeing these, and to all the reviewers for contributing their thoughts on contemporary scholarship on Spenser and related matters.