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The Pain of Reformation – Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity - Fordham Scholarship Online
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The Pain of Reformation: Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity

Joseph Campana


The Pain of Reformation examines a constellation of masculinity, vulnerability, and ethics in the tradition of heroic poetry in Renaissance England. While many understand representations of masculinity to be direct reflections of cultural definitions of manliness or the triumphant expression of nationalist and proto-imperial ideologies, for some the discourses of masculinity and virtue provided opportunities to reflect on the ethics of responding to bodily and cultural vulnerability in the wake of the Reformation. This book argues that the most illuminating meditation on vulnerability, masculi ... More

Keywords: Spenser, The Faerie Queene, vulnerability, masculinity, ethics, sexuality, Reformation, violence, heroic poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823239108
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823239108.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Campana, author
Rice University