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Allegory and Enchantment: An Early Modern Poetics

Jason Crawford


This book 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. The book 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 Bu ... More

Keywords: allegory, modernity, medieval, disenchantment, incarnation, Langland, Skelton, Spenser, Bunyan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198788041
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198788041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason Crawford, author
Union University, Tennessee

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