Spenser, Homer, and the Mythography of Strife*

  title={Spenser, Homer, and the Mythography of Strife*},
  author={Jessica Lynn Wolfe},
  journal={Renaissance Quarterly},
  pages={1220 - 1288}
  • J. Wolfe
  • Published 22 December 2005
  • Linguistics
  • Renaissance Quarterly
Abstract This article examines a central narrative and ethical motif of Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene —the golden chain —in the context of Spenser’s broader debts to Homeric epic. While largely neglected in favor of more immediate sources, such as Virgil’s Aeneid and Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata, the influence of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey is profoundly felt in Spenser’s mythography of strife. In its representation of the consequences of cosmological and spiritual strife, The Faerie Queene… 

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