Allegory and Enchantment: An Early Modern Poetics by Jason CrawfordAllegory and Enchantment: An Early Modern Poetics by Jason Crawford

Allegory and Enchantment: An Early Modern Poetics

byJason Crawford

Hardcover | February 25, 2017

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"Allegory and Enchantment" is about the genealogies of modernity, and about the lingering power of some of the cultural forms against which modernity defines itself: religion, magic, the sacramental, the medieval. Jason Crawford explores the emergence of modernity by investigating the early modern poetics of allegorical narrative, a literary form that many modern writers have taken to be paradigmatically medieval. In four of the most substantial allegorical narratives produced in early modern England-William Langland's Piers Plowman, John Skelton's The Bowge of Courte, Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, and John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress-allegory is intimately linked with a self-conscious modernity, and with what many commentators have, in the last century, called 'the disenchantment of the world.' The makers of these early modern narratives themselves take a keen interest in metaphors and postures of disenchantment. They fashion themselves as skeptics, spell-breakers, prophets against false institutions and false belief. And they often regard their own allegorical forms as another dangerous enchantment, a residue of the medieval past they have set out to renounce.
Title:Allegory and Enchantment: An Early Modern PoeticsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:February 25, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198788045

ISBN - 13:9780198788041

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