Western literary, philosophical, and religious traditions from Plato and Paul to Augustine and Avicenna have utilized, exploited, or been subjected to allegorical interpretation. Naturally developing a composite picture of interpretive allegory from such a large landscape faces numerous difficulties. As the editor puts it, "to imagine a 'definitive' account of the theory and practice of allegorical interpretation in the West would require something of an allegorical vision in its own right." With that caveat in mind, however, the international team of contributors--from a variety of disciplines--offers a "historical and conceptual framework" for understanding interpretive allegory in the West, from antiquity through the early and late medieval and renaissance periods, and from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. This publication has also been published in hardback, please click here for details.
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