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

Judith H. Anderson


The author 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. The author's intertext is allegorical because Spenser's Faerie Queene is pivotal to her study and because allegory, understoo ... More

Keywords: intertext, Kristevan, Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, Spenser, The Faerie Queene, allegory, influence, Shakespeare, Milton

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780823228478
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823228478.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith H. Anderson, author
Department of English, Indiana University

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Part 1 Allegorical Reflections of The Canterbury Tales In The Faerie Queene

Part 2 Agency, Allegory, and History within the Spenserian Intertext

Part 3 Spenserian Allegory in the Intertexts of Shakespeare and Milton

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