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In search of "Kynde Knowynge" : Piers Plowman and the origin of allegory

Author: Madeleine Kasten
Publisher: Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2007.
Series: Costerus, new ser., v. 168.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In her analysis of the late-fourteenth century dream poem Piers Plowman by William Langland, Kasten sets up a critical dialogue between this extraordinary work and Walter Benjamin's study of German baroque allegory, The Origin of German Tragic Drama. Far from serving the narrow purposes of didacticism, she contends, Piers Plowman invites a reconsideration of the very grounds on which (post-) modernity has tried to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Poésie
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kasten, Madeleine.
In search of "Kynde Knowynge".
Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2007
(OCoLC)608551519
Named Person: William Langland; William Langland; William Langland
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Madeleine Kasten
ISBN: 9789042021730 904202173X
OCLC Number: 122935849
Notes: "Originated in a dissertation project ..."--Page 9.
Description: 257 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: I. 'Such stuff as dreams are made on' : allegory and dream poetry --
II. 'Musynge on this metels' : the rhetoric of allegorical dynamics --
III. 'The seal of the all-too-earthly' : Walter Benjamin and the dialectic of the allegorical sign --
IV. Piers Plowman : life of a text --
V. 'Speche, that spire is of grace' : Piers Plowman and the magic of language --
VI. Piers Plowman --
the second dream --
VII. Piers Plowman --
the fourth and fifth dreams --
VIII. Piers Plowman --
the sixth, seventh, and eighth dreams --
Afterword : the will to 'Kynde Knowynge'.
Series Title: Costerus, new ser., v. 168.
Responsibility: Madeleine Kasten.

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