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Paul J. Hecht is associate professor of English at Purdue University North Central and the author of several articles on Spenser, Shakespeare, and Wroth.
J. B. Lethbridge lectures at Tübingen University and is general editor of the monograph series The Manchester Spenser.
1 Introduction: Notes toward a New Spenser
Paul J. Hecht
Classical, Medieval, Material
2 Reinventing the Wheel: Spenser’s Virgilian Career
3 Spenser and the “Medieval” Past: A Question of Definition
4 Spenser and Book History
Spenser and Music
5 Music in Spenser
David Scott Wilson-Okamura
6 Spenser in Music
7 Irreverent Spenseriana
April Bernard, K. Silem Mohammad
8 Queer/Ordinary: Thinking Spenserian Sex and Aesthetics
Paul J. Hecht
9 The Poetry of The Faerie Queene
J. B. Lethbridge
10 Notes on Reading in The Faerie Queene: From Moment to Moment
Hecht and Lethbridge see themselves as spearheading a movement that will replace the orthodoxies of New Criticism (and its progeny, including New Historicism) with unorthodox—indeed, revolutionary—ways of reading Edmund Spenser’s poetry. . . .[The book beings ]with Syrithe Pugh’s superb account of how Spenser imitates Virgil. Every Spenserian will want to read the excellent middle section, 'Spenser and Music,' with its complementary essays by David Scott Wilson-Okamura and Gavin Alexander. . . .The promised 'new era of Spenser scholarship' begins to take shape in the final section ('Meter/Moment'), with Hecht’s essay 'Queer/Ordinary: Thinking Spenserian Sex and Aesthetics,' Lethbridge's extension of his case against 'expressivist' reading, and Gordon Teskey's bravura display on The Faerie Queene as 'a poem of moments.'. . . .Summing Up: Highly recommended.
— Choice Reviews
This collection has a spinning gyroscope on its cover: an object rapidly in motion but also perfectly balanced, progressively scientific in its associations but also somehow classical in form. The image matches the ambition of the editors…. The final essay, by Gordon Teskey, which gives the book its title...tells us we should read Spenser ‘from moment to moment’, isolating his visual, sonic and spiritual set pieces. These are distinct sections of the poem, generally around ten stanzas in length. If we pay attention to these ‘moments’, Teskey argues, we will appreciate the ‘curious combination of stasis and movement’ in which the ‘wonder’ of The Faerie Queene resides. This is a profound insight that justifies the choice of image on this book’s cover.
— Times Literary Supplement
This is a strong collection.... [and] a valuable book that will be important to many scholars – those combining early modern music and poetry, those studying Elizabethan poetics, and, naturally, Spenserians, all of whom should read it.
— Renaissance Studies
Spenser in the Moment is a fascinating volume. Its contributors, in distinct rhythms and registers, encourage us to think deeply about form and language.... [I]ts colloquial title captures beautifully the mood of a collection of consequence, at once ambient and ambitious, mellifluous and momentous. Hecht and Lethbridge remind us that the Spenser we thought we knew can always be read anew.
— Renaissance Quarterly
Spenser in the Moment, edited by Paul J. Hecht and J.B. Lethbridge, is a provocative volume, which pushes at the limits of what is usually expected from a collection of academic essays.
— The Spenser Review