Interpretation and Allegory: Antiquity to the Modern Period

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Jon Whitman
BRILL, 2000 - Science - 513 pages
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This is an unparalleled investigation of the theory and practice of interpretation. Concentrating on interpretive allegory, the volume simultaneously opens and organizes new approaches to over two thousand years of critical change. Its diverse topics extend from pagan, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic perspectives to postmodern inquiries. Its intersecting lines of analysis are drawn by scholars whose specialities range from ancient and modern literature to art history, comparative religion, and the history of philosophy. Framed by introductory essays assessing changes in scholarly research on allegory during the past century, the study has four principal parts: I) "Antique Interpretation of Formative Texts"; II) "Medieval Philosophic Designs"; III) "Late Medieval and Renaissance Sign Systems"; IV) "Eighteenth- to Twentieth-Century Theories of Allegory." This provocative, unique revaluation provides an indispensable framework for future research. Contributors include: Peter M. Daly, David Dawson, Charles Dempsey, Paula Fredriksen, Warren Zev Harvey, Marc Hirshman, Moshe Idel, Alfred L. Ivry, Robert Lamberton, Joseph Mali, Giuseppe F. Mazzotta, A.J. Minnis, Rainer Nagele, Azade Seyhan, Tobin Siebers, Gregg Stern, Winthrop Wetherbee, and Jon Whitman. "Interpretation and Allegory: Antiquity to the Modern Period" is the recipient of The Polonsky Foundation 2001 Award for Contributions to Interdisciplinary Study in the Humanities, praising its unparalleled design and the far-reaching breadth of its research, and the unique framework it provides for future study. This publication has also been published in paperback.
 

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Contents

Interpretation Allegory
3
Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages
33
Language Text and Truth in Ancient Polytheist
73
Platos Soul and the Body of the Text in Philo
89
Theology and Exegesis in Midrashic Literature
109
Paul and Augustine
125
The Utilization of Allegory in Islamic Philosophy
153
On Maimonides Allegorical Readings of Scripture
181
THE LATE MIDDLE AGES TO THE MODERN PERIOD
257
Allegory and Divine Names in Ecstatic Kabbalah
317
The Mythographer of the City
349
An Overview
365
SixteenthCentury Emblems and Imprese as Indicators
383
Registers
437
Allegory and the Aesthetic Ideology
469
Contributors
487

Philosophy Commentary and Mythic Narrative
211
Scriptural Sense
231

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Jon Whitman, B.Phil. (1974), Oxford, Ph.D. (1978), Harvard, is Senior Lecturer, Department of English, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His numerous studies of allegory include "Allegory: The Dynamics of an Ancient and Medieval Technique" (Oxford UP and Harvard UP, 1987).

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