God's Only Daughter

God's Only Daughter Spenser's Una as the Invisible Church - The Manchester Spenser

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Synopsis

In this study, Kathryn Walls challenges the standard identification of Una with the post-Reformation English Church, arguing that she is, rather, Augustine's City of God - the invisible Church, whose membership is known only to God. Una's story (its Tudor resonances notwithstanding) therefore embraces that of the Synagogue before the Incarnation as well as that of the Church in the time of Christ and thereafter. It also allegorises the redemptive process that sustains the true Church. Una is fallible in canto I. Subsequently, however, she comes to embody divine perfection. Her transformation depends upon the intervention of the lion as Christ. Convinced of the consistency and coherence of Spenser's allegory, Walls offers fresh interpretations of Abessa (as Synagoga), of the fauns and satyrs (the Gentiles), and of Una's dwarf (adiaphoric forms of worship). She also reinterprets Spenser's marriage metaphor, clarifying the significance of Red Cross as Una's spouse in the final canto.

Book information

ISBN: 9781526151773
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 821.3
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: -1g
Height: 216mm
Width: 138mm