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Spenserian Moments

A tour de force and makes what is surely the best case for reading Spenser: that it is his open thinking that matters, not the particular substance of the poem. It will surely set the standard for future readings of Spenser’s work.—Andrew Hadfield, Times Literary Supplement

Teskey demonstrates [that] those willing to look past the poem’s daunting reputation and its bristling armature of scholarly impedimenta might discover a lifelong—indeed, life-sustaining—obsession.—Catherine Nicholson, New York Review of Books

Refigures the poet as an improvisatory artist whose work is most valuable as a continuous practice of thinking about aesthetic, moral, and philosophical issues… At its best, Spenserian Moments cogently captures the experience of reading the poem for those of us who love it.—Mark Heberle, Claremont Review of Books

Teskey has a deep understanding of Spenser’s learning, language, and sense of tradition… Well worth reading.—Jonathan Locke Hart, Renaissance and Reformation

If any book can restore Spenser to his rightfully prominent place in studies of Renaissance literature—and poetic and philosophical history more broadly—this is the one. Gordon Teskey makes the strongest case in decades for Spenser’s brilliance and importance to both literary history and contemporary theory. The elegance and wit of this book, and the sheer force of intellect on display, will draw in any reader who has the good fortune to open it.—Melissa E. Sanchez, University of Pennsylvania

Gordon Teskey is among the most consistently surprising and interesting literary critics writing today, about any period or genre, and Spenser has always been at the heart of his concerns. Spenserian Moments will take its place on the shelf of necessary books about the poet’s poet.—Jeff Dolven, Princeton University

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