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A context for The Faerie Queene
Margaret Christian

can illuminate many of the episodes and characters of the poem. Spenserians have always produced biographical, textual, prosodic, and other historically-based works. In the past decades, many studies that emphasize deconstructive, gender, and psychoanalytic approaches have also appeared. Valuable and insightful as they are, such studies employ categories that were not part of the mental equipment available to original readers of The Faerie Queene and cannot bring us closer to the original readers’ experience. The New Historicism and Cultural Materialism 1 “A Letter

in Spenserian allegory and Elizabethan biblical exegesis