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About S. P. Cooper

Ph. D., English Literary and Cultural Studies. Medieval literature and history; research on Arthuriana, chivalry, kingship, and the Church.

CR Episode 54: Pope’s Translation of The Iliad

Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope

Download Link: Released 2020.09.28

The panel reads Book I of Alexander Pope’s translation of The Iliad, discusses Pope’s approach contextually, compares that approach to the modern translations of Fitzgerald and Fagles (amongst others), and considers theoretical commentary on translations.

 
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Posted by on 28 September 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 53: Masefield’s Midsummer Night

Porth Cadlan, Wales

One speculative source for Camlann: Porth Cadlan, Wales

Download Link: Released 2020.09.21

The panel examines the biography of John Masefield before reading and examining excerpts from his Arthurian cycle, Midsummer Night, with special attention on the unique aspects of Masefield’s recasting of traditional Arthurian mythological elements.

 
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Posted by on 21 September 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 52: The Faerie Queene, Mutabilitie Cantos

Calliope and Clio

Calliope and Clio

Download Link: Released 2020.09.14

The panel reviews the epilogue-like Mutabilitie Cantos of the Faerie Queene, reviewing scholarly opinion about their place in the whole poem, and considering the interrelations of the Greco-Roman pantheon to Nature, Time, and the Judeo-Christian God.

 
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Posted by on 14 September 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 51: The Faerie Queene, Book VI, Cantos 7-12

King Arthur and the Questing Beast, by Aubrey Beardsley

King Arthur and the Questing Beast, by Aubrey Beardsley

Download Link: Released 2020.09.07

The panel reviews the second half of Spenser’s book of courtesy, with attention given to the scholarly view of C. S. Lewis, Northrop Frye, and others, that Courtesy represents the central portion of the poem and that it is the essential Spenserian virtue.

 
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Posted by on 7 September 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 50: The Faerie Queene, Book VI, Cantos 1-6

King Arthur and the Questing Beast

King Arthur and the Questing Beast

Download Link: Released 2020.08.31

The panel examines the first half of Spenser’s book of courtesy, reading its depictions in the light of the historical development of chevalrie/chivalry and courtoise/courtesy, and comparing its depiction of characters to those found in other Arthuriana.

 
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Posted by on 31 August 2020 in Podcasts

 

CR Episode 49: The Faerie Queene, Book V, Cantos 7-12

Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots

Download Link: Released 2020.08.17

The panel examines historical criticism of Book V, with particular attention to the mid-twentieth-century development of a moral-allegorical reading in contrast to the earlier historical reading, and considers how the two might best be combined.

 
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Posted by on 17 August 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 48: The Faerie Queene, Book V, Cantos 1-6

Artegall Battles Radigund

Artegall Battles Radigund

Download Link: Released 2020.08.10

The full panel convenes to discuss Spenser’s approach to justice in Book V, with attention given to the challenges Artegall’s Solomon-like judgement faces–a dispute between knights, a giant of revolution, and ultimately the Amazon queen Radigund herself.

 
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Posted by on 10 August 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 47: The Faerie Queene, Book IV, Cantos 7-12

Amoret and Aemylia with Prince Arthur in the cottage of Sclaunder, by G.A. Periam.

Amoret and Aemylia with Prince Arthur in the cottage of Sclaunder, by G.A. Periam.

Download Link: Released 2020.08.03

The panel concludes the book of friendship with an examination of the character of Sclaunder, and an account of Spenser’s planned poetic cartography–Epithalmion Thamesis–intended to give all the rivers of Britain ‘their right names and right passage’.

 
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Posted by on 3 August 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 46: The Faerie Queene, Book IV, Cantos 1-6

Knights in a Joust

Knights in a Joust

Download Link: Released 2020.07.20

The panel turns its attention to the Book of Friendship, sometimes described as the ‘least interesting’ of the sections, and discusses whether it has been unfairly maligned or whether Spenser’s intentions can explain the book’s perceived deficiencies.

 
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Posted by on 20 July 2020 in Podcasts

 

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CR Episode 45: The Faerie Queene, Book III, Cantos 7-12

Hellenore and the Satyrs from Book III of the Faerie Queene

Hellenore and the Satyrs

Download Link: Released 2020.07.13

The panel addresses a reader question before turning to Book III’s unwholesome delights and the means by which the virtuous refuse them and the sinful fall prey to them, with special attention to the conduct of Hellenore, Malbecco, and the satyrs.

 
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Posted by on 13 July 2020 in Podcasts

 

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