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Reinventing Allegory : Cambridge Studies in Romanticism - Theresa M. Kelley

Reinventing Allegory

Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

Hardcover Published: 28th August 1997
ISBN: 9780521432078
Number Of Pages: 364

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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.

'A learned and ambitious study ... a powerful achievement ... On every page, Kelley's meticulous, subtle close readings engage in, rather than simply demonstrate, the demanding dialectical work of allegorical figuration ... For decades to come - and for readers well beyond the field of Romanticism - it will be a touchstone for all critical discussion of allegory, modernity, and much else besides.' Romantic Circles 'Readers concerned with this still crucial element of literary and artistic practice will find a great deal within this book which is stimulating, original and worthy of further investigation.' Romanticism

Introduction
Allegory, phantasia and Spenser
æMaterial phantasmsÆ and æallegorical fanciesÆ
Allegorical persons
Romantic ambivalences I
Romantic ambivalences II
J. M. W. TurnerÆs æAllegoric shapesÆ
Allegory and Victorian realism
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521432078
ISBN-10: 0521432073
Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 28th August 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.7