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43.2 (Fall 2013)

In Memoriam: Paul Alpers, Oct. 16, 1932 - May 19, 2013

Last May, Spenserians lost one of the most widely admired teachers and scholars of  his generation.  In his memory, The Spenser Review offers retrospective appreciations of Alpers’s two major works, The Poetry of  The Faerie Queene and What is Pastoral?, by a cohort of scholars from Europe, Asia, and North America:  Sukanta ChaudhuriAndrew Escobedo, Paul J. Hecht, James Nohrnberg, Syrithe Pugh, and Christopher Warley.

Spenser in Translation

The first full translation of The Faerie Queene into another language is a major event.  In recognition of its significance, The Spenser Review offers two views of Luca Manini’s Italian translation, one from Italian scholar Paola Baseotto, and one from the American Italianist Stephanie Jed.


An Interview with the translator of The Faerie Queene

In this issue we present reviews of Luca Manini’s newly published translation of The Faerie Queene into Italian.  Here we offer a brief interview with the translator:


I first met The Faerie Queene when I was a sixteen-year-old student and, leafing through my English anthology (it was still a time when school anthologies presented Spenser …) I came across an excerpt from the poem—this was the episode of the Bower of Bliss, and my first encounter with Spenser was thus in the enchanted garden of Acrasia.

Some months later I bought my first Faerie Queene—it was the 1950 translation by Carlo Izzo in a glorious collection of classics; a book which has moved from shelf to shelf in my house library but which has always been well within my reach.

In 2005 I prepared the Italian version of Spenser’s Amoretti, thanks to the support of Gian Mario ...

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"Reading the Renaissance": In Honor of Judith Anderson

In mid-May, 2013, a symposium on “Reading the Renaissance” was held at Indiana University in honor of Judith H. Anderson, who has taught there for thirty-nine years.  Guest speakers were Andrew Escobedo, David Lee Miller, William Oram, and Anne Lake Prescott.  Dozens of Anderson’s former and current graduate students also participated in the day-long event, returning to IU from Rhode Island, Seattle, Costa Rica, and other locations.  Anderson has served on over eighty dissertation committees in several fields and periods, of which she has directed roughly half.  She describes her retirement from the IU teaching faculty as a prolonged and active sabbatical with new and continuing projects, not to mention a number of dissertations still in progress.  (Judith also notes that, on provocative principle, she is tempted to adopt the practice common among Classicists of using the form of the adjective emeritus/-a /-um that is not a grammatical ...

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