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Theory and Spenserian practice
Rachel E. Hile

on the social experience of reading or writing satire, specifically with respect to the making of meaning. Many of the theoretical comments on satire refer to and analyze what I am calling “direct satire,” which we now call simply “satire,” because greater freedom of expression in Western democracies since the late seventeenth century has diminished authors’ need for a toolbox of indirect satirical methods. Indirect satire flourishes under repressive conditions, complicating comments such as Ralph Rosen’s discussion of ancient satire, in which he asserts “the

in Spenserian satire