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Judith H. Anderson. Reading the Allegorical Intertext: Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton.
New York: Fordham University Press, 2008. x + 436 pp. index. $60. ISBN: 978-0-8232-2847-8.
The title of this volume is somewhat deceptive: it is not precisely a new monograph glancing equally at four canonical authors, but rather an impressive collection of seventeen of Judith Anderson's previously published articles, prefaced by an ambitious theoretical introduction and concluding with two very substantial new essays on Miltonic allegory. The introduction and the end pieces offer, in effect, a Defense of Intertextual, Allegorical Poesy. Anderson wishes to remind us of "the shaping value, or influence, of language and the agency of the signifier itself, whether understood as a single word, a figure, or …