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Allegoresis

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Author: Longxi Zhang
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501711296
Size: 15.92 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 268
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Book Description: Why is it that a text, particularly a canonical text, is often said to contain a meaning different from what it literally says? How did allegorical readings arise and develop? By looking at such examples as Jewish and Christian interpretations of the Song of Songs and traditional Chinese commentaries on the Confucian classic Book of Poetry, Zhang Longxi discusses allegorical readings from a broad perspective that bridges the usual East/West cultural divide and examines their social and political implications. His approach is wide-ranging, cross-cultural, and cross-disciplinary, exploring allegoresis with regard to religion, philosophy, and literature. In his inquiry into allegory and allegorical interpretation, Zhang examines the idea of a self-explanatory text of the Bible as conceived by Augustine, Aquinas, and Luther; discusses the importance of the literal basis of textual interpretation; and takes up the question of moral responsibility and political allegiance. Zhang, who regards utopia as an allegory of social and political ideas, explores how utopian visions vary in their Chinese and Western expressions, in the process commenting on contemporary literary theory and political readings of literature past and present.


The Ends Of Allegory

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Author: Sayre N. Greenfield
Publisher: University of Delaware Press
ISBN: 9780874136708
Size: 74.53 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 190
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Book Description: This book proposes that allegory is not a species of literature but a structure of reading applied to uncomfortable juxtapositions within literary texts. Examples from centuries of response to English Renaissance narrative poetry show not what poems mean but how they may be read and what cultural conditions encourage allegorical or nonallegorical readings. The study also encompasses interpretations of classical verse, biblical parable, Jacobean masque, modern lyric, and television advertising to explore how texts move in and out of the category of allegory.


Allegoresis

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Author: Russell, David
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN:
Size: 74.74 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 230
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The Nature Of Narrative

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Author: Research Professor of Modern Culture and Media Professor Emeritus of English Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media and Andrew W Mellon Professor of Humanities Emeritus Robert Scholes
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 9780195151756
Size: 32.58 MB
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Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
Languages : en
Pages : 388
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Book Description: For the past forty years The Nature of Narrative has been an essential work for students of literature, teachers, writers, and scholars. Countering the tendency to view the novel as the paradigm case of literary narrative, Robert Scholes and Robert Kellogg offered a compelling history of narrative from antiquity to the twentieth century. Their main goal was to describe and analyze the nature of narrative's key elements: meaning, character, plot, and point of view. The Fortieth Anniversary Edition of this groundbreaking work has been revised and expanded to include a new preface and a lengthy chapter by James Phelan on developments in narrative theory since 1966. This new material describes the principles and practices of structuralist, cognitive, feminist, and rhetorical approaches to narrative, paying special attention to their work on character, plot, and narrative discourse. A continued leader in the field of narrative studies, The Nature of Narrative offers unique and invaluable histories of both narrative and narrative theory.


The Origins Of Criticism

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Author: Andrew Ford
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691120250
Size: 56.39 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 356
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Book Description: By "literary criticism" we usually mean a self-conscious act involving the technical and aesthetic appraisal, by individuals, of autonomous works of art. Aristotle and Plato come to mind. The word "social" does not. Yet, as this book shows, it should--if, that is, we wish to understand where literary criticism as we think of it today came from. Andrew Ford offers a new understanding of the development of criticism, demonstrating that its roots stretch back long before the sophists to public commentary on the performance of songs and poems in the preliterary era of ancient Greece. He pinpoints when and how, later in the Greek tradition than is usually assumed, poetry was studied as a discipline with its own principles and methods. The Origins of Criticism complements the usual, history-of-ideas approach to the topic precisely by treating criticism as a social as well as a theoretical activity. With unprecedented and penetrating detail, Ford considers varying scholarly interpretations of the key texts discussed. Examining Greek discussions of poetry from the late sixth century B.C. through the rise of poetics in the late fourth, he asks when we first can recognize anything like the modern notions of literature as imaginative writing and of literary criticism as a special knowledge of such writing. Serving as a monumental preface to Aristotle's Poetics, this book allows readers to discern the emergence, within the manifold activities that might be called criticism, of the historically specific discourse on poetry that has shaped subsequent Western approaches to literature.


Early Greek Ethics

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Author: David Conan Wolfsdorf
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191076414
Size: 25.16 MB
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Category : Philosophy
Languages : en
Pages : 751
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Book Description: Early Greek Ethics is devoted to Greek philosophical ethics in its formative period, from the last decades of the sixth century BCE to the beginning of the fourth century BCE. It begins with the inception of Greek philosophical ethics and ends immediately before the composition of Plato's and Aristotle's mature ethical works Republic and Nicomachean Ethics. The ancient contributors include Presocratics such as Heraclitus, Democritus, and figures of the early Pythagorean tradition such as Empedocles and Archytas of Tarentum, who have previously been studied principally for their metaphysical, cosmological, and natural philosophical ideas. Socrates and his lesser known associates such as Antisthenes of Athens and Aristippus of Cyrene also feature, as well as sophists such as Gorgias of Leontini, Antiphon of Athens, and Prodicus of Ceos, and anonymous texts such as the Pythagorean Acusmata, Dissoi Logoi, Anonymus Iamblichi, and On Law and Justice. In addition to chapters on these individuals and texts, the volume explores select fields and topics especially influential to ethical philosophical thought in the formative period and later, such as early Greek medicine, music, friendship, justice and the afterlife, and early Greek ethnography. Consisting of thirty chapters composed by an international team of leading philosophers and classicists, Early Greek Ethics is the first volume in any language devoted to philosophical ethics in the formative period.


Byron And The Jews

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Author: Sheila A. Spector
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 9780814334423
Size: 73.86 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 244
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Book Description: A full-length critical inquiry into the complex interrelationship between the British poet and the Jews.


Secularism In The Postcolonial Indian Novel

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Author: Neelam Srivastava
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134142218
Size: 41.55 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 224
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Book Description: First Published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Brill S New Pauly

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Author: Cordula Bachman
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
ISBN:
Size: 69.47 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 1158
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Book Description: This is volume 1 of BRILL'S NEW PAULY, the encyclopaedia devoted to Greco-Roman antiquity.