Spenser's Ruins and the Art of Recollection (BOK)

Rebeca Helfer

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What is the art of memory? Rebeca Helfer's intertextual study Spenser's Ruins and the Art of Recollection offers a fresh perspective on the significance of this ancient mnemonic technique to Edmund Spenser's writing and, through this lens, explores the art's complex historical and literary reception. Beginning with the origins of mnemonic strategies in epic tales, Helfer examines how the art of memory speaks to debates about poetry and its place in culture from Plato to Spenser's present day. As Helfer argues, ruins provide memorial spaces for an ongoing dialogue about how story relates to history, and how both relate to edification and empire-building. Through detailed, intertextual readings of The Shepheardes Calender, The Faerie Queene, the Complaints, and other Spenserian works, Helfer demonstrates how the art of memory shapes Spenser's theory and practice of poetry as well as his political view, throughout his career. More broadly, Spenser's Ruins and the Art of Recollection points to new ways of understanding the importance of this art within literary studies.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Rebeca Helfer
University Of Toronto Press
ISBN 9780802090676
Antall sider 408 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2,5cm
Vekt 740 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literary studies: poetry & poets