Literary Windows

Imitative Series and Clusters in Literature

(Classical to Early Modern)

All Souls College, Oxford, 25-26 September 2017

The aim of this conference is to highlight the pervasiveness, varieties and significance of a particular literary device – that of “window reference” or “two-tier allusion” – which was present throughout classical, medieval and early modern literatures. This is a device whereby a text imitates a direct antecedent while at the same time signalling an awareness of how the passage imitated was itself linked to the work of previous prestigious authors. Read more...

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