Literature in the Light of the Emblem

by Peter Daly

University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division | May 17, 1999 | Trade Paperback

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The symbolic mode of thought and expression that produced the mixed art form of the emblem also informs and shapes much of the literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This study explores the relationship between the emblem proper and the literature of England and Germany during the period.

The book proceeds from a definition of the emblem, based on a critical theory which has received little attention among English and Romance scholars, to a detailed analysis of the form and function of emblematic imagery in a variety of literary forms. The chapters following move into specific discussions of the structural affinities between emblems and poetry, drama, and fiction.

The emblem-books are important as a cross-reference for the meaning of motifs in literature. They indicate what educated men knew about nature, history, and mythology and, furthermore, how they interpreted this knowledge. It is not only as a mode of thought but also as an art form that the emblem offers a valuable perspective on the purely verbal art of literature. Emblematic structure and imagery function as a formal, shaping principle in literature in all its genres and forms. Imaginatively conceived, carefully researched, and clearly presented, this book makes connections which will enrich the field of comparative studies.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 312 pages, 3.55 × 2.35 × 0.35 in

Published: May 17, 1999

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802078915

ISBN - 13: 9780802078919

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Literature in the Light of the Emblem

by Peter Daly

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 312 pages, 3.55 × 2.35 × 0.35 in

Published: May 17, 1999

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802078915

ISBN - 13: 9780802078919

About the Book

The literature of the 16th and 17th centuries was informed by the symbolic thought embodied in the mixed art form of emblems. This study explores the relationship between the emblem and the literature of England and Germany during the period.

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The symbolic mode of thought and expression that produced the mixed art form of the emblem also informs and shapes much of the literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This study explores the relationship between the emblem proper and the literature of England and Germany during the period.

The book proceeds from a definition of the emblem, based on a critical theory which has received little attention among English and Romance scholars, to a detailed analysis of the form and function of emblematic imagery in a variety of literary forms. The chapters following move into specific discussions of the structural affinities between emblems and poetry, drama, and fiction.

The emblem-books are important as a cross-reference for the meaning of motifs in literature. They indicate what educated men knew about nature, history, and mythology and, furthermore, how they interpreted this knowledge. It is not only as a mode of thought but also as an art form that the emblem offers a valuable perspective on the purely verbal art of literature. Emblematic structure and imagery function as a formal, shaping principle in literature in all its genres and forms. Imaginatively conceived, carefully researched, and clearly presented, this book makes connections which will enrich the field of comparative studies.

About the Author

Peter M. Daly is a professor emeritus in the Department of German Studies at McGill University.

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Art and literature connected to each other in unique ways in the 16th and 17th-centuries. In Literature in the Light of the Emblem, Peter M. Daly argues the symbolic mode of thought and expression that produced the mixed art form of the emblem also informed and shaped its literature. Daly also discusses the structural affinities between emblems and poetry, fiction and drama.
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