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date: 16 October 2019

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This article first describes the major texts and doctrines of classical and renaissance rhetoric, and then considers the rhetoric which Spenser and his contemporary readers would have learned at school and university. It discusses the Ramist affiliations of Spenser's close friend Gabriel Harvey. Finally, it examines ways in which approaches informed by rhetoric have been, and could be, used to interpret Spenser's works.

Keywords: rhetoric, Ramist affiliations, Gabriel Harvey, rhetoric

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