Power, Religion and Morality: An Interpretation of the Dress Culture in Spenser’s FQ Book Ⅰ

Xiaomei LONG


Edmund Spenser’s allegorical poetry “The Faerie Queene” mirrors the author’s observations and perspectives of the British life under the religious conflicts in 16th century. In Book Ⅰ, Spenser intentionally endows the clothes and adornments of different characters with implied connotations, via which the political culture and religious background of the Elizabethan Age are presented to the readers. And the symbolic metaphors of the dresses make public the author’s stand as Queen Elizabeth Ⅰ’s political supporter, declare his religious position as a protestant poet, and express the viewpoint of the British upper-class towards personal moral cultivation under the Renaissance humanistic trend.



Edmund; Spenser; Faerie Queene; Dress culture

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