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Editorial Introduction
by Jane Grogan and Andrew Hadfield

This issue of The Spenser Review, the penultimate one we will oversee, contains a wide variety of important and challenging material. We are delighted to have Nigel Smith’s essay on Spenser and the poetry of the Dutch Republic, which helps us further understand the European context in which Spenser worked and published. The essay forms part of a larger project, which will demonstrate the connections between European and British authors in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Smith’s essay can be read productively alongside Melissa Rack’s exploration of Spenser’s interest in Neo-Latin poetry, developing the links that were established by Lee Piepho early this century and demonstrating that we need to integrate the traditions of early modern poetry carefully. We also feature Deirdre Nic Chárthaigh on the significance of resituating Spenser in an Irish context, outlining the work undertaken on the MACMORRIS Project and other ventures, which will force scholars to rethink Spenser’s relationship to Ireland, his understanding of Irish poetry, and his relationship to the island where he made his home.

For those unable to travel, we are not only able to publish the Rack and Nic Charthaigh papers, but also able to bring you three more contributions from the array of excellent Spenser-related papers at the 2022 RSA in Dublin. These are all from all from a fascinating session on ‘Spenser and Hospitality’: Katherine Blankenau outlines the significance of the porter in Spenser’s poetry; Archie Cornish looks at the relationship between hospitality and allegory; and Owen Kane explores the complicated interaction between ideas of hospitality and decorum in literature and life.

The edition contains the usual selection of varied and excellent reviews from those in the Spenser community, from a major new study of literary imitation to an exploration of the significance of swooning in literature; from the retelling of the Arthurian legends to a detailed study of the Cathedral Precinct of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Also included are the minutes from the 2022 International Spenser Society Annual General Meeting.


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Jane Grogan and Andrew Hadfield, "Editorial Introduction," Spenser Review 52.2.1 (Spring-Summer 2022). Accessed April 14th, 2024.
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