Between courtesy and constancy: The Faerie Queene, books VI and VII
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The 1609 edition of The Faerie Queene claims that the Mutabilitie Cantos, printed for the very first time, constitute part of a seventh Book of the poem, a “LEGEND OF Constancie.” This essay reads the figure of Meliboe in Book VI of Spenser’s poem as a spokesperson for the constant world-view. It argues that he is the vehicle for a critique of Stoic philosophy, and it offers a reading of The Mutabilitie Cantos as an attempt to reconstitute a constant virtue, in part through a revision of Stoic and Neostoic discourses of property and possession.
Davis , A L 2016 , ' Between courtesy and constancy: The Faerie Queene, books VI and VII ' English Literary History , vol 83 , no. 3 , pp. 655-679 . DOI: 10.1353/elh.2016.0025
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