Allegory in America

From Puritanism to Postmodernism

  • Deborah L. Madsen

Part of the Studies in Literature and Religion book series (SLR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 171-193

About this book


Allegory in America surveys the history of American allegorical writing from the Puritans through the period of American romanticism to postmodernism. In a series of theoretical chapters the cultural function of allegory is discussed in relation to the mythology of American exceptionalism. Each theoretical chapter is followed by a chapter that analyzes a specific text or group of texts. Allegorical indeterminacy is seen to produce a literary tradition that both represents and subverts the ideals of American orthodoxy.


postmodernism rhetoric Romanticism Tradition

Authors and affiliations

  • Deborah L. Madsen
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  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

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