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Platonism and the English Imagination

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Anna Baldwin, Sarah Hutton, Anne Sheppard, Janet Coleman, Janet Bately, Andrew Louth, Yasunari Takada, Jill Kraye, Dominic Baker-Smith, John Doe, Stephen Medcalf, Thomas Bulger, Dominic Scott, Pat Rogers, Edward Larrissy, Richard Jenkyns, Keith Cunliffe, Anthony Price, Jennifer Wallace, Anne Varty, Mark Rowe, Angela Elliott, Brenda Lyons, Brian Arkins, Dennis Brown, David A. Moody, Daphne Turner, Peter Conradi
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  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521021685

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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.

    • The first compendious study of the influence of Plato on the English literary tradition
    • Collection of newly commissioned essays by established and new critics on more than thirty English writers
    • Follows up the very popular Ovid Renewed (Cambridge University Press, 1988, now in paperback)
    • Crosses the boundaries between disciplines with contributions by philosophers and classicists as well as literary critics
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    '… a fascinating introduction to the variety and richness of the tradition Plato inspired.' The Times Literary Supplement

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    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521021685
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Antiquity:
    1. Plato and the neoplatonists Anne Shepard
    Part II. The Early Christian Period and the Middle Ages:
    2. Introduction Anna Baldwin
    3. The Christian Platonism of St. Augustine Janet Coleman
    4. Boethius and King Alfred Janet Bately
    5. Chaucer's use of neoplatonic traditions Yasunari Takada
    6. Platonism in the middle english mystics Andrew Louth
    Part III. The Renaissance and the Seventeenth Century:
    7. Introduction Sarah Hutton
    8. The transformation of Platonic love in the Italian Renaissance Jill Kraye
    9. Uses of Plato by Erasmus and more Dominic Baker-Smith
    10. Italian neoplatonism and the poetry of Sidney, Spenser, Chapman and Donne John Doe
    11. Shakespeare on beauty, truth and transcendence Stephen Medcalfe
    12. Platonism in Spenser's mutability cantos Thomas Bulger
    13. Reason, recollection and the Cambridge Platonists Dominic Scott
    14. Platonic ascents and descents in Milton Anna Baldwin
    15. Platonism in some metaphysical poets Sarah Hutton
    Part IV. The Eighteenth Century:
    16. Introduction Pat Rogers
    17. Blake and Platonism Edward Larrissy
    Part V. The Nineteenth Century:
    18. Introduction Richard Jenkyns
    19. Recollection and recovery: Coleridge's Platonism Keith Cunliffe
    20. Wordsworth's Ode on the Intimations of Immortality Anthony Price
    21. Shelley, Plato and the political imagination Jennifer Wallace
    22. Matthew Arnold and the spirit of Plato Mark Rowe
    23. Flow, rest and number: Pater's Plato Anne Varty
    Part V. The Twentieth Century:
    24. Introduction Angela Elliott
    25. Yeats and Platonism Brian Arkins
    26. Virginia Woolf and Plato Brenda Lyons
    27. Plato and Eliot's earlier verse Dennis Brown
    28. The Cantos of Ezra Pound: 'to build light' David A. Moody
    29. Platonism in Auden Daphne Turner
    30. Platonism in Iris Murdoch Peter Conradi.

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    Anna Baldwin

    Sarah Hutton

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    Anna Baldwin, Sarah Hutton, Anne Sheppard, Janet Coleman, Janet Bately, Andrew Louth, Yasunari Takada, Jill Kraye, Dominic Baker-Smith, John Doe, Stephen Medcalf, Thomas Bulger, Dominic Scott, Pat Rogers, Edward Larrissy, Richard Jenkyns, Keith Cunliffe, Anthony Price, Jennifer Wallace, Anne Varty, Mark Rowe, Angela Elliott, Brenda Lyons, Brian Arkins, Dennis Brown, David A. Moody, Daphne Turner, Peter Conradi

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