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Allegorical Poetics and the Epic : the Renaissance Tradition to Paradise Lost

Allegorical Poetics and the Epic : the Renaissance Tradition to Paradise Lost
Allegorical Poetics and the Epic
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the Renaissance Tradition to Paradise Lost
Literary allegory has deep roots in early reading and interpretation of Scripture and classical epic and myth. In this substantial study, Mindele Treip presents an overview of the history and theory of allegorical exegesis upon Scripture, poetry, and especially the epic from antiquity to the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, with close focus on the Renaissance and on the triangular literary relationship of Tasso, Spenser, and Milton. Exploring the different ways in which the term allegory has been understood, Treip finds significant continuities-within-differences in a wide range of
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Studies in the English Renaissance
Allegorical Poetics and the Epic : the Renaissance Tradition to Paradise Lost
Allegorical Poetics and the Epic : the Renaissance Tradition to Paradise Lost
Problems in ""Typological"" Readings of Paradise Lost
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  • Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; PART I. THEORY OF ALLEGORY IN POETRY AND EPIC FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE RENAISSANCE; 1. Antiquity to the Middle Ages; Late Classical Interpreters and Their Successors; Rabbinical Interpretation; The Church Fathers and Medieval Allegory; The Medieval ""Levels""; Dante; 2. Renaissance Theoretical Developments; Coluccio Salutati; The English Rhetoricians; 3. The English Mythographers and Their Tradition; Bacon; Comes and the ""Levels""; John Harington and His Successors; 4. ""Idea""; Philo; Boccaccio; Sidney; Tasso
  • PART II. THEORY OF THE ALLEGORICAL EPIC FROM TASSO, SPENSER AND THE NEOCLASSICALS TO MILTON5. Tasso: The Practical Problems of the Allegorical Epic; ""Metafora Continuata""; Moral Content: Tasso's ""Allegoria""; The Resources of ""Continued"" Allegory; The ""Lettere Poetiche"" and the Gerusalemme; 6. Tasso, the Discorsi: Aesthetics of the Allegorical Epic; The Mystical Image; ""Romance"" Variety and ""Global"" Allegory; ""Truth"" and the ""Verisimilar""; 7. Tasso, the Major Tracts: The Poetics of the Allegorical Epic; Narrative Unity and Causality in the Mixed Epic; The Marvellous-Verisimilar
  • History and Fiction in the EpicHistory and Allegory: The Late Giudizio; Tasso: A Retrospect; 8. Spenser as Allegorical Theorist; Spenser and Tasso; The ""Letter to Raleigh"": Schemes of Allegory in The Faerie Queene; 9. Neoclassical Epic Theory: The Debate over Allegory; Seventeenth-Century English Theory; Addison and Johnson; Edward Phillips and John Toland; The Late Sixteenth-Century Italian Debates; 10. Le Bossu on the Epic; Allegory as the ""Platform"" of Truth; Unity of Plot via Allegory; 11. Debts to Renaissance Allegory in Paradise Lost; Allegorical Matter in Paradise Lost
  • The ""Levels""Intermittent and Sustained Allegory; Allegorical Rhetoric; Milton and Spenser; 12. Allegorical Poetics in Paradise Lost; Early Indications in Milton's Prose; Borrowings from Tasso in Paradise Lost; Structuring the ""Diffuse"" Epic: Echoes of Tasso's Discorsi; 13. Allegory and ""Idea"" in Paradise Lost; Plot, Subject and ""Platform"": Justifying God; The Problem of the Justice of God; ""Asserting"" Providence; ""Justifying"" through Allegory; Allegorical Aesthetics in Paradise Lost; PART III. ""REAL OR ALLEGORIC"": REPRESENTATION IN Paradise Lost
  • 14. Historical Problems in Reading Paradise LostSamuel Johnson; Luther and Poetic Fundamentalism; 15. Scripture and the Figurative Reading of Paradise Lost; Milton on Allegory; Of Christian Doctrine on Interpreting Scripture; ""Accommodation"" in Of Christian Doctrine; 16. Theory of Metaphor in Paradise Lost; ""Accommodation"": Raphael's Theory of Discourse; Shadows, Similitudes, Dreams: Language as Mediator; 17. Typology and the Figurative Dimension in Paradise Lost; ""Typological Symbolism"" in Paradise Lost; True ""Types"" and the Limits of Typological Interpretation
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