BOOK REVIEWS through poetry. Second, intension, a form of reference that privileges the way things are disposed in the world, furnishes the basic tool for allegory because it emphasizes the idea that the truth or essence of a thing depends on the context within which it is situated. An allegorical phrase or personification acquires meaning and importance through its referential intension as Bardzell's example of the torn robes of Prudentius's Concordia, Boethius's Philosophia, and Alain's Natura shows. Other topics that Bardzell covers should not distract us from his conclusion that Stoic grammar and logic passed on to the Western medieval world "a radically conservative theory of language, which reveals in its very operations the structure of the cosmos" (114). From this linguistic foundation, correspondences resulting from the binary of external appearance/inner essence multiply because grammar, human action, virtue and vice, and the cosmos imply one another. Such thinking parallels typological thinking and, as a result, links together the works of Prudentius, Boethius, Bernadus Silvestris, Alan de Lille, Guillaume de Lorris, Jean de Meun, and Christine de Pizan, and, finally, it reveals medieval allegory's hermeneutic and ethical power. Marc Mastrangelo Dickinson College Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual
Comparative Literature Studies – Penn State University Press
Published: Aug 17, 2012
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