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Published: 15 May 2008

320 Pages

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823228478

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Reading the Allegorical Intertext

Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton

Judith H. Anderson

A Fordham University Press Publication

Judith H. Anderson conceives the intertext as a relation between or among texts that encompasses both Kristevan intertextuality and traditional relationships of influence, imitation, allusion, and citation. Like the Internet, the intertext is a state, or place, of potential expressed in ways ranging from deliberate emulation to linguistic free play. Relatedly, the intertext is also a convenient fiction that enables examination of individual agency and sociocultural determinism. Anderson's intertext is allegorical because Spenser's Faerie Queene is pivotal to her study and because allegory, understood as continued or moving metaphor, encapsulates, even as it magnifies, the process of signification.


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