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The Cambridge Companion to Allegory

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Rita Copeland, Peter T. Struck, Dirk Obbink, Glenn W. Most, Daniel Boyarin, Denys Turner, Peter Heath, Jon Whitman, Kevin Brownlee, Albert R. Ascoli, Stephanie Gibbs Kamath, Nicolette Zeeman, Michael Murrin, Brian Cummings, Blair Hoxby, Theresa M. Kelley, Deborah L. Madsen, Howard Cagill, Steven Mailloux, Lynette Hunter
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  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521680820

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  • Allegory is a vast subject, and its knotty history is daunting to students and even advanced scholars venturing outside their own historical specializations. This Companion will present, lucidly, systematically, and expertly, the various threads that comprise the allegorical tradition over its entire chronological range. Beginning with Greek antiquity, the volume shows how the earliest systems of allegory developed in poetry dealing with philosophy, mystical religion, and hermeneutics. Once the earliest histories and themes of the allegorical tradition have been presented, the volume turns to literary, intellectual, and cultural manifestations of allegory through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The essays in the last section address literary and theoretical approaches to allegory in the modern era, from reactions to allegory in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to reevaluations of its power in the thought of the twentieth century and beyond.

    • First single and comprehensive volume in English to cover this vast and crucially important subject
    • Proceeds chronologically from allegory's origins in Ancient Greece to more recent literary and theoretical approaches to allegory
    • Aimed specifically towards non-specialists, striking a balance between systematic explanation and critical examination
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    "For such an unwieldy topic as allegory, editorial shaping is crucial: the editors deserve high praise for the resulting coherence and dynamism of the collection...One can spend time with the essays in this book, ruminating and reflecting on the powerful role that allegory has played in the history of western literature, art, and thought. In fact, creating and reading literature and art can be seen as a response to the allegorical impulse. The collection inspires the reader to (re)experience the literature and art of a period for him or herself."
    -Marc Mastrangelo, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521680820
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Rita Copeland and Peter T. Struck
    Part I. Ancient Foundations:
    1. Early Greek allegory Dirk Obbink
    2. Hellenistic allegory and early imperial rhetoric Glenn W. Most
    3. Origen as theorist of allegory: Alexandrian contexts Daniel Boyarin
    Part II. Philosophy, Theology, and Poetry 200 to 1200:
    4. Allegory and ascent in Neoplatonism Peter T. Struck
    5. Allegory in Christian late antiquity Denys Turner
    6. Allegory in Islamic literatures Peter Heath
    7. Twelfth-century allegory: philosophy and imagination Jon Whitman
    Part III. Literary Allegory: Philosophy and Figuration:
    8. Allegory in the Roman de la Rose Kevin Brownlee
    9. Dante and allegory Albert R. Ascoli
    10. Medieval secular allegory: French and English Stephanie Gibbs Kamath and Rita Copeland
    11. Medieval religious allegory: French and English Nicolette Zeeman
    12. Renaissance allegory from Petrarch to Spenser Michael Murrin
    13. Protestant allegory Brian Cummings
    14. Allegorical drama Blair Hoxby
    Part IV. The Fall and Rise of Allegory:
    15. Romanticism's errant allegory Theresa M. Kelley
    16. American allegory Deborah L. Madsen
    17. Walter Benjamin's concept of allegory Howard Cagill
    18. Hermeneutics, deconstruction, allegory Steven Mailloux
    19. Allegory happens: allegory and the arts post-1960 Lynette Hunter.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Allegory
    • Baroque Files: The Question of Form
    • Medieval Literary Theory
    • Studies in Early Christian Exegesis
    • Topics in Medieval Literature
    • Writing for the Humanities
  • Editors

    Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania
    Rita Copeland is Professor of Classical Studies and English and Chair of Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Peter T. Struck, University of Pennsylvania
    Peter Struck is Associate Professor of Classical Studies and serves on the graduate faculties of Religious Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.


    Rita Copeland, Peter T. Struck, Dirk Obbink, Glenn W. Most, Daniel Boyarin, Denys Turner, Peter Heath, Jon Whitman, Kevin Brownlee, Albert R. Ascoli, Stephanie Gibbs Kamath, Nicolette Zeeman, Michael Murrin, Brian Cummings, Blair Hoxby, Theresa M. Kelley, Deborah L. Madsen, Howard Cagill, Steven Mailloux, Lynette Hunter

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