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Allegory and Related Symbolism

Allegory and Related Symbolism

Concise history of allegorical interpretation and of allegorical literature, the latter defined as “a narrative whose entire reference is to something outside of itself and that contains various allegorical images, often arranged into episodic scenes serving as cues for interpretation,” a definition that PPl easily fits although within that general category PPl is also “not easily classified because of its protean shape and encyclopedic range.” Includes religious, political, and psychological allegory.


Szarmach, et al., Medieval England. 22-26.

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Twomey, Michael