Reinventing Allegory

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 24, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 345 pages
First published in 1997, Reinventing Allegory asks how and why allegory has survived as a literary mode from the late Renaissance to the postmodern present. Three chapters on Romanticism, including one on the painter J. M. W. Turner, present this era as the pivotal moment in allegory's modern survival. Other chapters describe larger historical and philosophical contexts, including classical rhetoric and Spenser, Milton and seventeenth-century rhetoric, Neoclassical distrust of allegory, and recent theory and metafiction. By using a series of key historical moments to define the special character of modern allegory, this study offers an important framework for assessing allegory's role in contemporary literary culture.
 

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Contents

Allegory phantasia and Spenser
15
Material phantasms and Allegorical fancies
43
Allegorical persons
70
Romantic ambivalences 1
93
Romantic ambivalences 1 1
135
J M W Turners Allegoric shapes
176
Allegory and Victorian realism
217
Conclusion
249
Notes
279
Bibliography
312
Index
340
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