Victoria Coldham-Fussell
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The epilogue reflects on the close relationship between Spenser’s sense of humour and his authorship of allegory. It argues that allegory does not merely facilitate humour (through irony, naïveté, incongruity, and so forth); it also focuses us on what Spenserian humour is, in a far-reaching sense, ‘about’. Readers of The Faerie Queene are not simply asked to see through a story to its moral applications; they are asked to engage with a mode of representation whose secondariness, limitations, and pleasurability are philosophically and theologically suggestive. This concluding piece reviews the strategies by which Spenser accentuates these suggestive traits, in effect pulling together the foregoing chapters’ key observations regarding the intersection of allegory and humour.

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Comic Spenser

Faith, folly, and ‘The Faerie Queene’


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