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Steve Sohmer

publish Seven Types of Ambiguity ,which, alongside The Meaning of Meaning produced by his tutor I. A. Richards and collaborator C. K. Ogden, became foundational texts of the ‘New Criticism’, modern literary theory, semiotics, and the practice we know as ‘close reading’. Ever since, literary scholars have parsed, deconstructed, interrogated, and

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind
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Rachel E. Hile

because of the repeated assertions during this time period—many of which I have quoted in this book—advising the reader against reading allegorically and claiming that only general criticisms are intended. Early modern literary theory does not shed much light on indirect satire because the connections that, for example, George Puttenham and Philip Sidney make between satire and comedy thus emphasize more aggressive, direct forms of satire. Sidney’s brief description asserts that satire will “make a man laugh at folly, and (at length ashamed) to laugh at himself ” and

in Spenserian satire
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Rachel E. Hile

. MUP_Hile_SpenserSatire_Printer.indd 6 14/10/2016 15:35 Introduction 7 Critics working on satire in the past two decades have deplored the limited influence of recent literary theory on studies of satire, with Dustin Griffin blaming the complexity and diversity of satire, which make categorization and generalization difficult, and Fredric Bogel blaming the resistance to theory among scholars of eighteenth-century literature (Griffin, Satire, 31; Bogel, Difference Satire Makes, 5). The attempts by these and other scholars to rectify this situation through more

in Spenserian satire