Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Reading the Allegorical Intertext: Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton

Anderson, Judith H. (Fellow, 1995–96)

New York: Fordham University Press, 1970

Anderson, Allegorical Intertext

From the publisher's description:

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. Her title signals the variousness of an intertext extending from Chaucer through Shakespeare to Milton and the breadth of allegory itself. Literary allegory, in Anderson's view, is at once a mimetic form and a psychic one--a process thinking that combines mind with matter, emblem with narrative, abstraction with history.

Subjects: Literary Criticism; Literature; Allegory; English Literature; English Renaissance; Intertextuality