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Bergvall, Å. (2020). Apocalyptic History and the Protestant Cause in Sir Philip Sidney’s Revised “Arcadia” by Barbara Brumbaugh. [Review]. Renaissance quarterly, 73(2)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Apocalyptic History and the Protestant Cause in Sir Philip Sidney’s Revised “Arcadia” by Barbara Brumbaugh.
2020 (English)In: Renaissance quarterly, ISSN 0034-4338, E-ISSN 1935-0236, Vol. 73, no 2Article, book review (Refereed) In press
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2020
Keywords
Sidney, Arcadia, Apocalyptic, Allegory
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-77230 (URN)
Available from: 2020-03-12 Created: 2020-03-12 Last updated: 2020-03-19
Bergvall, Å. (2020). To ‘maister the Circumstance’: Mulcaster’s Positions and Spenser’s Faerie Queene. Spenser Studies: A Renaissance Poetry Annual, 34, 1-24
Open this publication in new window or tab >>To ‘maister the Circumstance’: Mulcaster’s Positions and Spenser’s Faerie Queene
2020 (English)In: Spenser Studies: A Renaissance Poetry Annual, ISSN 0195-9468, Vol. 34, p. 1-24Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay argues that the prominent Elizabethan pedagogue Richard Mulcaster exerted a considerable influence on the narrative strategies of his pupil Edmund Spenser, especially as seen in Book I of The Faerie Queene. Where recent scholars such as Jeff Dolven and Andrew Wallace have maintained that Spenser was critical of many of the humanist practices they deem prevalent in the Elizabethan classroom, this study shows that such critique of humanism was already a basic part of the reformed curriculum at Merchant Taylors’ School, where Spenser received his early training under Mulcaster. The essay first provides a reading of Mulcaster’s main pedagogical text, Positions (1581), and then applies its key concepts to a reading of Book I of Spenser’s poem with a double emphasis on the hero of the poem, Redcrosse, and on the reader’s interaction with the text. The most important of these concepts is the seemingly innocuous term “circumstance.” Aside from being a key concept within forensic oratory, to “maister the circumstance” is for Mulcaster a shorthand for a cautious approach to the classical text studied in his classroom. The same strategy, this essay argues, is implemented in the poem. The reader must pay attention to the circumstances, with their rhetorical, pedagogical, and theological connotations, triggered in large part by the apparent inability of Redcrosse, the putative hero of the book, to do so. Additionally, as a subcategory of the rhetorical connotations, there is also the need to assess the use of names in the poem.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Chigago: The University of Chicago, 2020
Keywords
Spenser, Mulcaster, Education, Reformation
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75431 (URN)10.1086/706175 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-10-22 Created: 2019-10-22 Last updated: 2020-02-20Bibliographically approved
Bergvall, Å. (2018). A Narrative of the captivity and restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson as Augustinian Confession. In: : . Paper presented at Symposium in Honor of Professor Marcus Nordlund, Göteborg, 2018-10-26 - 2018-10-27.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Narrative of the captivity and restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson as Augustinian Confession
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Comparative Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-70219 (URN)
Conference
Symposium in Honor of Professor Marcus Nordlund, Göteborg, 2018-10-26 - 2018-10-27
Available from: 2018-11-21 Created: 2018-11-21 Last updated: 2019-11-14Bibliographically approved
Bergvall, Å. (2015). Printers' Devices and the Author Function in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene. In: 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015: . Paper presented at 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Printers' Devices and the Author Function in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene
2015 (English)In: 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This essay investigates the printers’ devices found in early editions of Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. Such devices by definition function as early trademarks for the printers. However, there is still room for an inquiry into possible connections between the devices and the volumes they introduce. My main argument is that the device in later editions of The Faerie Queene is no longer primarily used as a printer’s trade mark but has become associated with the volume printed, and thus being part of the gradual expansion in the period of what Focault calls the “author function.” My approach will be deliberately narrow in that I will restrict myself to these title pages, and giving special attention to the printers’ devices.

Keywords
Device, Spenser, Title Page
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-39849 (URN)
Conference
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015
Funder
Swedish Research Council, C0049701
Available from: 2016-02-09 Created: 2016-02-09 Last updated: 2016-02-26Bibliographically approved
Bergvall, Å. (2013). Fulke Greville. In: Karla Pollman and Willemien Otten (Ed.), The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine: (pp. 1083-1085). Oxford: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fulke Greville
2013 (English)In: The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine / [ed] Karla Pollman and Willemien Otten, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, p. 1083-1085Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013
Keywords
Augustine
National Category
Humanities History of Religions
Research subject
Comparative Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-29131 (URN)978-0-19-929916-4 (ISBN)978-0-19-929914-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-09-18 Created: 2013-09-18 Last updated: 2015-01-29Bibliographically approved
Bergvall, Å. (2013). Philip Sidney. In: Karla Pollmann and Willemien Otten (Ed.), The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine: (pp. 1737-1739). Oxford: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Philip Sidney
2013 (English)In: The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine / [ed] Karla Pollmann and Willemien Otten, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, p. 1737-1739Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013
Keywords
Augustine
National Category
History of Religions
Research subject
Comparative Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-29132 (URN)978-0-19-929916-4 (ISBN)978-0-19-929915-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-09-18 Created: 2013-09-18 Last updated: 2015-01-29Bibliographically approved
Bergvall, Å. (2013). Review of E. L. Saak, Creating Augustine: Interpreting Augustine and Augustinianism in the Later Middle Ages [Review]. Renaissance quarterly, 66(1), 169-70
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of E. L. Saak, Creating Augustine: Interpreting Augustine and Augustinianism in the Later Middle Ages
2013 (English)In: Renaissance quarterly, ISSN 0034-4338, E-ISSN 1935-0236, Vol. 66, no 1, p. 169-70Article, book review (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University Chicago Press, 2013
Keywords
Augustine
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-26623 (URN)000315930700005 ()
Available from: 2013-03-14 Created: 2013-03-14 Last updated: 2020-03-19Bibliographically approved
Bergvall, Å. (2013). The Blake Syndrome: The Case of “Jerusalem". Literature film quarterly, 41(4), 254-265
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Blake Syndrome: The Case of “Jerusalem"
2013 (English)In: Literature film quarterly, ISSN 0090-4260, Vol. 41, no 4, p. 254-265Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An essay is presented which examines the use of William Blake's poem "And did those feet" ("Jerusalem"), in various contexts. The author explores the process by which Blake's poem has become a symbol of a class-based and militaristic system. According to the author, even as Blake became the Romantic writer who was the most influential in the 20th century, editors and scholars were slow to emphasize the political dimensions of Blake's art.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Salisbury University, 2013
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-15112 (URN)000344833800002 ()
Available from: 2012-10-05 Created: 2012-10-05 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
Bergvall, Å. (2012). Apocalyptic Imagery in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Literature film quarterly, 40(4), 246-257
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Apocalyptic Imagery in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis
2012 (English)In: Literature film quarterly, ISSN 0090-4260, Vol. 40, no 4, p. 246-257Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Salisbury University, 2012
Keywords
Metropolis, The Faerie Queene, Emblem, Apocalypse
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-12084 (URN)000310098900002 ()
Available from: 2012-03-09 Created: 2012-03-09 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
Bergvall, Å. (2012). Review of Reading Augustine in the Reformation: The Flexibility of Intellectual Authority in Europe, 1500-1620 by Arnoud S. Q. Visser (New York: Oxford UP, 2011). [Review]. The Catholic Historical Review, 98(1), 111-112
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Reading Augustine in the Reformation: The Flexibility of Intellectual Authority in Europe, 1500-1620 by Arnoud S. Q. Visser (New York: Oxford UP, 2011).
2012 (English)In: The Catholic Historical Review, ISSN 0008-8080, E-ISSN 1534-0708, Vol. 98, no 1, p. 111-112Article, book review (Refereed) Published
Keywords
Renaissance, Augustine, Reception
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-9596 (URN)000300199200037 ()
Available from: 2012-02-06 Created: 2012-02-06 Last updated: 2020-03-19Bibliographically approved
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