ENGL 026. Allegory and Allegoresis in the English Renaissance

Allegory designates a mode of writing and of interpreting narratives. The decline of allegory marks a shift from medieval to modern culture, eventually giving way to realism. Yet allegory has never left us, as we continue to read allegorically to some degree. This course turns to the English Renaissance as a literary turning point. Readings from The Faerie Queene, Paradise Lost, and Pilgrim's Progress; theoretical work by Walter Benjamin, Paul de Man, and others.
1 credit.
Spring 2019. Song.
Catalog chapter: English Literature  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/english-literature

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