Sheila T. Cavanagh My introduction to Edmund Spenser came in my sophomore year in college during a survey class, when my professor announced: âIf youâve read one page of The Faerie Queene, youâve read more than enough.â Since I had never heard of the epic, let alone read a word of it, I had no reason to doubt this proï¬ered wisdom. That same semester, however, I encountered Spenser again, albeit vicariously, from a very diï¬erent perspective. A group of my friends were enrolled in the senior honors seminar, which was focused on a single author. To their horror, they discovered that they would be spending the semester working on Spenserâs writings. Why they were appalled, I cannot remember, but I do recall that they spent countless meal hours complaining about the fate they believed awaited them. The professor listened to their objections and oï¬ered a compromise, which they accepted: they agreed to read and discuss The Faerie Queene for three weeks. At the end of that time they were free to request a change in topic for the rest of the term. But by the time Spenserâs probationary period was over, they were hooked, and as the semester
Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture – Duke University Press
Published: Apr 1, 2003
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