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date: 20 October 2018

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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

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