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dc.contributor.authorDavis, Alex
dc.identifier.citationDavis , A 2016 , ' Between courtesy and constancy : The Faerie Queene , books 6 and 7 ' , English Literary History , vol. 83 , no. 3 , pp. 655-679 .
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dc.description.abstractMatthew Lownes’s 1609 edition of The Faerie Queene claims that the Mutabilitie Cantos, printed for the very first time, “appeare to be parcell of some following Booke of the FAERIE QVEENE, VNDER THE LEGEND OF Constancie.” This essay reads the figure of Meliboe, in book 5 of Spenser’s poem, as a spokesperson for the constant, Neostoic world-view, and his debate with Calidore as an exploration of what might be at stake in the transition between courtesy and constancy. It looks at the associations of constancy in late sixteenth-century culture. Finally, it offers a reading of The Mutabilitie Cantos as attempting to reconstitute the features of a constant virtue, in part through a revision of Stoic and Nestoic discourses of property and possession.
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dc.subjectEdmund Spenseren
dc.subjectThe Faerie Queeneen
dc.subjectPR English literatureen
dc.titleBetween courtesy and constancy : The Faerie Queene, books 6 and 7en
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Institute of Legal and Constitutional Researchen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studiesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Englishen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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