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Title: The structure and meaning of Books III and IV of the 'Faerie Queene'
Author: James, Will R.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1972
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Books III and Iv of Spenser's Faerie Queene construct an intricate philosophy of love involving the association of feminine with matter and masculine with form, or spirit. As a Christian, Spenser recognized the polarization of spirit and flesh and sought to sanctify human love by arguing that the marriage of man and woman represents a reformation of the polarities of divided human nature: indeed, that man and women bring spiritual and material gifts, respectively, to one another. Women provide material generation and a lineage which is eternal through change. Men add spiritual and intellectual purpose which transcends both flesh and time.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Edmund Spenser