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Chiastic designs in English literature from Sidney to Shakespeare [electronic resource] /
William E. Engel.
imprint
Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2009.
description
158 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0754666360 (alk. paper), 9780754666363 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2009.
isbn
0754666360 (alk. paper)
9780754666363 (alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Introduction : speaking of chiasmus -- Pattern recognition -- Memory patterns and patterns of memory -- Recovering the aesthetic of chiasmus -- Learning justice and practicing penance : Phlegyas and David -- Echoes in the underworld -- Sanctifying the memory arts -- Echo in Arcadia : Sidney's legacy -- The place of the eclogues -- The Arcadian arts of memory -- Mirror and allegory : Spenser's calling -- Unfinished books and double "scrines" -- Memorial edifices and "iust memorie" -- Extreme dramatic symmetry : Shakespearean triads -- The triumph of Diana -- Chiasmus early and late -- Conclusion : chiastic echoes -- The chiastic aesthetic recovered -- Patterns of memory and memory patterns -- Recognized patterns.
catalogue key
11349941
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [141]-151) and index.
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Paying special attention to Sidney's 'Arcadia', Spencer's 'Faerie Queene', and Shakespeare's romances, this study engages in sustained examination of chiasmus in early modern English literature.
Long Description
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."
Table of 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: Shakesperian Triads
Conclusion: chiastic echoes
Bibliography
Index
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