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Reading the Allegorical IntertextChaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton$
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Judith H. Anderson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228478

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823228478.001.0001

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Eumnestes' “immortall scrine”: Spenser's Archive

Eumnestes' “immortall scrine”: Spenser's Archive

(p.79) 5. Eumnestes' “immortall scrine”: Spenser's Archive
Reading the Allegorical Intertext

Judith H. Anderson

Fordham University Press

For the Renaissance, particularly for Spenser, the sense of a literary tradition of words and forms that constitute is more idealistic and mysterious than in modern poetics of loss and displacement. Spenser describes this tradition as recorded memory tied intrinsically to the very idea of the words, written records, and mnemonic working of the human mind. Most of the words that Spenser used to describe recorded are so revealing. Among these words is the arresting word scrine, from Latin scrinium which first appears in the Proem to Book I. Roman languages defined scrinium as a “coffer or place where jewels and other secret things are stored.” Definitions of scrine also carry the more specific meaning “shrine” during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and its association with books, records, and sacred relics goes deep into the past.

Keywords:   scrine, shrine, scrinium, Spenser, coffer, tradition, records, memory, meaning

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