• “The light of simple veritie”: Mapping out Spenser’s Cosmography in “The Ruines of Time”

    Author(s):
    Timothy Duffy (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    LLC 16th-Century English
    Subject(s):
    Early modern studies, Literature and science
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Spenser, Cartography, WIlliam Camden
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6GW3K
    Abstract:
    This essay argues that Edmund Spenser’s “The Ruines of Time” is, alongside its role as elegy and complaint, a cosmographic work that engages in what I call “spiritual mapping”—a cartographic process that combines anti-worldly discourse with a trans-historical representation of space. By considering Spenser’s poem alongside William Camden’s Britannia, this essay highlights the textual act of mapping present in both works in an attempt to reveal the influence of an international community of mapmakers, including the Familists, who provided a model for cosmographic work that highlighted spiritual and irenic interests alongside the technical practice of representing space.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    10.1353/sip.2014.0023
    Publisher:
    Johns Hopkins University Press
    Journal:
    Studies in Philology
    Volume:
    111
    Issue:
    4
    Start Page:
    738
    End Page:
    756
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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