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The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser
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May 29, 2011

it was amazing

If anyone told me a year ago that I would enjoy The Faerie Queene, I would have laughed out loud! I am so glad that I am reading this book - but I am especially glad that I am reading it with Rebeca Helfer, the professor for the Epic Novel seminar I am taking at UCI. Her reading of the book makes it explosive, wonderful, ever rich. I hope to be able to work more closely with this book again. . . but right now, I gotta go read Book 6.

Oh, and I realize, yes, that Spencer had retrograde notions about Ireland. Normally, we would have read what he had to say. He is the punching bag for anti colonialists, and good.

What surprises me, though, about FQ is that it is not the book that anybody told me about. Instead, it is endlessly fascinating, there are few one to one correlations between the characters and historical personages, and it makes allegory something to question, not just copy.

Stunning stuff.

Hard to read. Yup.

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