Abstract

This essay reconsiders the place of the English Reformation in The Faerie Queene, Book II, by focusing on the library of Eumnestes ("Good Memory"). After the Dissolution of the Monasteries caused the dispersal and wide-scale destruction of monastic libraries, a new generation of collectors sought to recover their lost books in the name of national heritage. In the process, they redefined the library from a primarily religious institution to a center of nationhood. Reading Spenser's library in this context, I consider how it produces memory, reading, and national identity as distinctly post-Reformation entities.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6547
Print ISSN
0013-8304
Pages
pp. 1-34
Launched on MUSE
2003-04-10
Open Access
No
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