Spenser and History

Bart van Es

in The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199227365
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Spenser and History

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This article analyzes the historical dimensions of Spenser's works. History is present in the The Faerie Queene through fragmentary episodes of allegory, analogy, allusion, and chronicle. It is also present in more pervasive themes and structures that darkly suggest progress and return, however disorderly its individual elements may appear. Spenser's most sustained and systematic historiographic thinking is found in A View of the Present State of Ireland, his prose dialogue promoting the violent repression of the island's native and resistant Catholic inhabitants.

Keywords: The Faerie Queene; history; historical dimensions; allegory; analogy

Article.  7578 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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