Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Cambridge Companion to Allegory

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Cambridge Companion to Allegory

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Cambridge Companion to Allegory, ed. Rita Copeland and Peter T. Struck (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). xxiv + 295 pp.; 5 illustrations. ISBN 978-0-521-86229-5, £55.00 (hard covers); ISBN 978-0-521-68082-0, £18.99 (p/b). This new addition to the Cambridge Companion Series spans the allegorical tradition from Greek antiquity to the present. The ancient foundations of allegory are considered by Dirk Obbink (early Greek allegory), Glenn W Most (Hellenistic allegory), and Daniel Boyarin (Origen as theorist of allegory). A second section treats philosophy, theology, and poetry, 200 to 1200: Peter T. Struck on Neoplatonism, Denys Turner on Christian late antiquity, Peter Heath on Islamic literatures, Jon Whitman on the twelfth century. Part III addresses literary allegory: Kevin Brownlee writes on the Roman de k Rose, Albert R. …

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