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dc.contributor.authorMcAdams, Alexander Lowe
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-24T00:11:03Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-24T00:11:03Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation McAdams, Alexander Lowe. "The Horror of Natural History and Spenser's Bestiary of Extremophiles." (2017) Rice University: https://hdl.handle.net/1911/93992.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/93992
dc.description 1st prize winner of the Friends of Fondren Library Graduate Research Awards, 2017.
dc.description This paper was originally prepared for Course ENGL 605 (Fall 2016): Third-Year Writing Seminar, given by Professor Sarah Ellenzweig, Department of English.
dc.description.abstract This essay investigates a sea voyage in Book II of Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene, to which scholars have seldom paid much attention. I argue that the aquatic life forms the Knight of Temperance encounters on his journey shows Spenser’s investment in natural history, a leading force in the scientific culture of his day. By deploying original research, I assert that a careful examination of this passage shows Spenser’s theorization of extreme life, thereby anticipating our modern scientific focus on extremophiles, temperate environments, and the search for extraterrestrial life. This paper ends by proposing that a philosophical conundrum lies at the core of discovery, leaving humans once again questioning their status in the universe.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Rice University
dc.rights This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
dc.subjectEnglish
dc.title The Horror of Natural History and Spenser's Bestiary of Extremophiles
dc.identifier.digital McAdams
dc.type.genre Research paper
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