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Allegory and Enchantment


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Introduction: A Poetics of Enchantment 1: Genealogies of Allegory 2: Incarnations of the Word: Piers Plowman 3: Suspicion and Solitude: The Bowge of Courte 4: Violence and Apocalypse: The Faerie Queene 5: Selfhood and Secularity: The Pilgrim's Progress Bibliography

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Jason Crawford (PhD, Harvard) is Assistant Professor of English at Union University, where he teaches and writes about early modern literature and culture. His essays have appeared in the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Religion & Literature, and English Studies.


Where Bowge is concerned, Crawford unpacks how the narrator Drede's disenchantment with the court springs from the poem's 'allegorical idiom' being 'an articulation of solitude' and alienation from the presiding power structures. * Edward Smith, The English Association *
While the scope and subject of this book defy any reductive paraphrase, it focuses on allegory as a paradoxical and dialectical mode which simultaneously invites the enchanted and disenchanted. * Joel Grossman, The English Association *
This is an intensely-researched, far-reaching, and sometimes demanding book ... and will, I think, reward further readings and consideration in the future ... An impressively compressed and capacious intervention in a complex field. * Raphael Lyne, The Seventeenth Century *
the book is invaluable for early modern researchers and academics interested in religion, allegory, literary constructions of enchantment and, more prominently, disenchantment. * Frank Swannack, University of Salford, Parergon *
Crawford's insightful readings of a wide range of literary and philosophical texts will be attractive to a large spectrum of readers, and each chapter offers fresh and compelling interpretations of its central sources. As such, the book promises to be one with which future scholarship on allegory must reckon and contend. * Julianne Sandberg, Renaissance Quarterly *
A wide-ranging book. * Ayesha Ramachandran (Yale University), The Spenser Review *
A robust and penetrating account of the vexed history of allegory from antiquity through touchstone allegorical texts in early modernity. * Studies in English Literature: 1500-1900 *
Crawford's readings are generally illuminating ... Jason Crawford's Allegory and Enchantment is an intelligent and ambitious work that confirms its author's knowledge of the relevant texts and scholarship. * Richard C. McCoy, Modern Philology *
This challenging study will leave readers thinking long and hard about the tension between truth-telling and story-telling and how we define our relation to the past. * John Farrell, Los Angeles Review of Books *

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