Platonism and the English Imagination (Hardback)
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Platonism and the English Imagination (Hardback)

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Hardback 376 Pages / Published: 24/03/1994
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This is the first compendious study of the influence of Platonism on the English literary tradition, showing how English writers used Platonic themes and images within their own imaginative work. Source texts include Plato's Dialogues, and the writings of Neoplatonists and the early Christians who were largely responsible for assimilating Platonic ideas into a Christian culture; and there are essays on more than thirty English authors from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, including Shakespeare, Milton, Blake, Wordsworth, Yeats, Pound and Iris Murdoch. Each chronological section has its own introduction to highlight how every age has reconstructed Platonism to suit its own understanding of the world, and there is a bibliographical guide to further reading. Established experts and new writers over a range of disciplines have worked together to produce the first comprehensive overview of Platonism in English literature.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521403085
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 725 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... a fascinating introduction to the variety and richness of the tradition Plato inspired.' The Times Literary Supplement
"With essays on more than 30 English authors from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, this original and important book will appeal to a wide readership." M.S. Johnston, Choice
"...a fascinating introduction to the variety and richness of the tradition Plato inspired." Penelope Murray, Times Literary Supplement
"...these essays are meticulous in their use of historical research, providing a sense of the climate and medium in which Plato's ideas were received....it is a valuable and a much needed survey of an important topic and deserves to become a standard reference for those looking for an overview of Platonism in English literature." Jonathan Gross, Albion

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