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On Allegory: Some Medieval Aspects and Approaches

On Allegory: Some Medieval Aspects and Approaches (Hardback)

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This collection of essays focuses on the ubiquity of the allegorical imagination in pre-modern western culture, and participates in a recent wave of resurgence of interest in the complex practices and ideas usually defined by the word "allegory". The contributors study the impact of the allegorical imagination on the production, reception and interpretation of literature, as well as its function as a tool of philosophical and theological enquiry, and its role in shaping the visual arts. Essays focus on subjects as varied as the general theories on allegory, allegory's relation to the human imagination, its usefulness or even inevitability as a human mode of cognition and its potential for the encoding of meanings that may be political, historical, religious and amorous. They discuss canonical figures such as Petrarch, Boccaccio, Boethius, Hans Memling, Pico della Mirandola, King James I and John Donne, but extend to include neglected but equally important figures such as Stephen Hawes or Thomas Usk as well as thematic approaches less concerned with issues of authority and authorship.

As such the collection is a testimony to the variety, complexity, and adaptability of "allegory" at the heart of medieval western civilisation.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: classical, early & medievalLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguisticsSemantics Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 01/01/2008 ISBN-13: 9781847184009  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Mary Carr is currently completing her doctorate on 'Comune' and 'Commonweal' in Piers Plowman and the Faerie Queene at Balliol College, Oxford. Kenneth P Clarke is currently College Lecturer in Old and Middle English at Brasenose College, Oxford. From October 2008 he will be the Keith Sykes Junior Research Fellow in Italian Studies at Pembroke College, Cambridge Marco Nievergelt teaches medieval literature as Assistant diplome in the English department at the University of Lausanne.

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