Allegory, Space and the Material World in the Writings of by Christopher Burlinson

By Christopher Burlinson

This e-book presents a thorough reassessment of Spenserian allegory, specifically of The Faerie Queene, within the mild of latest old and theoretical pursuits in house and fabric tradition. It explores the ambiguous and fluctuating cognizance to materiality, gadgets, and substance within the poetics of The Faerie Queene, and discusses the best way that Spenser's construction of allegorical that means uses this materiality, and transforms it. It indicates additional serious engagement with materiality (which has been so very important to the hot examine of early sleek drama) needs to come, when it comes to allegorical narrative, via a learn of narrative and actual area, and during this context it is going directly to offer a interpreting of the spatial dimensions of the poem - quests and battles, forests, castles and hovels - and the spatial features of Spenser's different writings. The publication reaffirms the necessity to position Spenser in his old contexts - philosophical and medical, army and architectural - in early glossy England, eire and Europe, but in addition presents a serious reassessment of this literary historicism. Dr CHRISTOPHER BURLINSON is a study Fellow in English at Emmanuel university, Cambridge.

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Line 6 (‘This is . ’) does not make this clear. Does it make any sense to think of the place as having any sort of reality before Redcrosse and Una encounter it? Do they, indeed, encounter it, or is it a projection of their mental and moral state? It seems that both of these possibilities are, or could be, partly true: Una speaks of her knowledge (‘better wot’), although it is hard to tell whether this is knowledge of her and Redcrosse’s plight (of which the wood might be an allegorical representation), or knowledge of the place that they have encountered.

Do they, indeed, encounter it, or is it a projection of their mental and moral state? It seems that both of these possibilities are, or could be, partly true: Una speaks of her knowledge (‘better wot’), although it is hard to tell whether this is knowledge of her and Redcrosse’s plight (of which the wood might be an allegorical representation), or knowledge of the place that they have encountered. The location seems partly to have a physical reality within the allegory (no matter how unrealistically it is portrayed) and partly to refer only to something extra-material.

1–4, 7) As Spenser travels (and the travail/travel pun, with the poem also figured as a labour, is again familiar), we as readers also journey into unfamiliar places. Our encounters with the events and locations of the poem in some way correspond to those of the knights. The way in which the knights encounter events and locations in The Faerie Queene raises the question, related to those that I posed in Chapter 1, of the status of these places. In my discussion of allegory, I asked whether allegorical events could be regarded as projections or reifications of the protagonists’ states of mind or moral conditions, and perhaps now this question can be restated in terms of place.

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