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Chiastic Designs in English Literature from Sidney to Shakespeare
     

Chiastic Designs in English Literature from Sidney to Shakespeare

by William E. Engel
 

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ISBN-10: 0754666360

ISBN-13: 9780754666363

Pub. Date: 06/01/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Paying special attention to Sidney's Arcadia, Spenser's Faerie Queene, and Shakespeare's romances, this study engages in sustained examination of chiasmus in early modern English literature. The author's approach leads to the recovery of hidden designs which are shown to animate important works of literature; along the way Engel offers fresh and more comprehensive

Overview

Paying special attention to Sidney's Arcadia, Spenser's Faerie Queene, and Shakespeare's romances, this study engages in sustained examination of chiasmus in early modern English literature. The author's approach leads to the recovery of hidden designs which are shown to animate important works of literature; along the way Engel offers fresh and more comprehensive interpretations of seemingly shopworn conventions such as memento mori conceits, echo poems, and the staging of deus ex machina. The study, grounded in the philosophy of symbolic forms (following Ernst Cassirer), will be a valuable resource for readers interested in intellectual history and symbol theory, classical mythology and Renaissance iconography. Chiastic Designs affords a glimpse into the transformative power of allegory during the English Renaissance by addressing patterns that were part and parcel of early modern "mnemonic culture."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754666363
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Pages:
166
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: speaking of chiasmus; Learning justice and practicing penance: Phlegyas and David; Echo in Arcadia: Sidney's legacy; Mirror and allegory: Spenser's calling; Extreme dramatic symmetry: Shakespearian triads; Conclusion: chiastic echoes; Bibliography; Index.

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