Bitter memories: Spenser’s 'A view of the present state of Ireland'

Ivic, C (2018) 'Bitter memories: Spenser’s 'A view of the present state of Ireland'.' Éire-Ireland, 53 (3 & 4). pp. 9-35. ISSN 0013-2683

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Abstract

This essay foregrounds memory’s place in Spenser's A View of the Present State of Ireland (1596). Spenser’s View is an invaluable text because it challenges the dominant, upbeat model of the nation as a fraternal community, especially as posited by Benedict Anderson. Spenser’s prose dialogue forges an affective collective memory out of shared hatred and, most importantly, bitter, traumatic, and vivid memories of past bloodshed and violence: violent events as well as violent figures. This essay explores the various ways in which Spenser’s View appropriates the past in order not to forget past violence but rather to remember, indeed memorialise, it.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: School of Humanities
UoA: English Literature & Language
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1353/eir.2018.0011
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Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 15:27
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