Scholars have often felt that Books III and IV of Spenser's Faerie Queene were loosely, almost carelessly, structured. Thomas P. Roche, Jr., seeks to show by a close examination of the text that all four books have a logical structure, and that the apparently randomly selected episodes form one complex allegory.
Originally published in 1964.
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Table of Contents:
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- Preface, pg. vii
- List of Abbreviations, pg. x
- Acknowledgments, pg. x
- Contents, pg. xi
- Introduction: Faeryland as Fiction, pg. 1
- Chapter I: The Image of Britomart, pg. 51
- Chapter II: Belphoebe and Amoret, pg. 96
- Chapter III. Florimell and Marinell, pg. 150
- Conclusion: Structure as Meaning, pg. 195
- Index, pg. 213