Senior Capstone Award, The Don Cameron Allen Undergraduate Research Award in English
The Arthur of Edmnud Spenser’s Faerie Queene appears to be the product of the competing literary traditions of chivalric adventure and courtly love. It will be the project of this paper to explore and reconcile these two genre-dictated Arthurian identities, ultimately revealing through them Spenser’s mediation of the literary and political tensions of Elizabethan patronage. What, it will ask, does it mean to owe chivalric devotion to a “king” who is also the object of courtly love? Put another way, how does Spenser engage with literary convention to address a queen that demands both political homage and romantic love.