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By Jeremy Tambling


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Indispensable to an understanding of Medieval and Renaissance texts and a topic of controversy for the Romantic poets, allegory remains a site for debate and controversy in the twenty-first-century.

In this useful guide, Jeremy Tambling:

  • presents a concise history of allegory, providing numerous examples from Medieval forms to the present day
  • considers the relationship between allegory and symbolism
  • analyses the use of allegory in modernist debate and deconstruction, looking at critics such as Walter Benjamin and Paul de Man
  • provides a full glossary of technical terms and suggestions for further reading.

Allegory offers an accessible, clear introduction to the history and use of this complex literary device. It is the ideal tool for all those seeking a greater understanding of texts that make use of allegory and of the significance of allegorical thinking to literature.

Table of Contents

1. Allegory: An Introduction 2. Classical and Medieval Allegory 3. Medieval and Renaissance Personification 4. From Allegory to Symbolism 5. Allegory in the Age of Realism 6. Walter Benjamin: Allegory versus Symbolism 7. Allegory, Irony, Deconstruction 8. Modern Allegory Glossary of Terms Bibliography

About the Author/Editor

Jeremy Tambling is Professor of Literature at the University of Manchester, and author of several books on literature and literary and cultural theory. His most recent books include RE:Verse: Turning towards Poetry (2007) and Going Astray: Dickens and London (2008).

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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