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Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde in Spenser’s Amoretti and The Faerie Queene
Reading historically and intertextually
in Rereading Chaucer and Spenser
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The Chaucer–Spenser relation is a prime site for interpretation of intertextual relationships that result from a range of practices and effects, from authorial control to cultural subjection, from deliberate imitation to linguistic free-play, from intentional allusion to the agency of the signifier. Visual and auditory metaphors for intertextual relations, such as the term intertext itself, along with terms like influence, allusion, refraction, echo and resonance, affect our readings in ways that ask for heightened awareness of their mediation. Having examined these metaphors, the chapter treats three resonant memories of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde in Spenser’s Amoretti and two clusters of recollection in his Faerie Queene, one in Book III and another in Book I. The historical matter of Troy, which especially means the Troilus for English poets after Chaucer, is focal throughout this discussion. For Spenser, as for Chaucer, the matter of Troy remains inextricably, fatally intertwined with the matter of love both in lyric and epic.

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Rereading Chaucer and Spenser

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