1st Edition

Allegory Studies Contemporary Perspectives

Edited By Vladimir Brljak Copyright 2022
    290 Pages 13 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    290 Pages 13 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Allegory Studies: Contemporary Perspectives collects some of the most compelling current work in allegory studies, by an international team of researchers in a range of disciplines and specializations in the humanities and cognitive sciences. The volume tracks the subject across disciplinary, cultural, and period-based divides, from its shadowy origins to its uncertain future, and from the rich variety of its cultural and artistic manifestations to its deep cognitive roots. Allegory is everything we already know it to be: a mode of literary and artistic composition, and a religious as well as secular interpretive practice. As this volume attests, however, it is much more than that—much more than a sum of its parts. Collectively, the phenomena we now subsume under this term comprise a dynamic cultural force which has left a deep imprint on our history, whose full impact we are only beginning to comprehend, and which therefore demands precisely such dedicated cross-disciplinary examination as this book seeks to provide.

    "Introduction: Allegory Past and Present"

    Vladimir Brljak

    Chapter 1

    "Invoking the Other: Allegory in Theory, from Demetrius to de Man"

    Michael Silk

    Chapter 2

    "The Failures of Allegory and the Allegory of Failure: Dislocation, Time, and Subjectivity, c.1230–1600"

    Marco Nievergelt

    Chapter 3

    "Painted Allegory’s Fortunes in Seventeenth-Century Antwerp"

    Lisa Rosenthal

    Chapter 4

    "Stoics, Origen, Bacon: On the Interconnections of Physics and Allegory"

    Kristen Poole

    Chapter 5

    "Allegory, Ambiguity, Accommodation"

    Anthony Ossa-Richardson

    Chapter 6

    "‘Consigned to a Florida for tropes’: Theorizing Enlightenment Allegory"

    Jason J. Gulya

    Chapter 7

    "Late Modernist Allegory and the Psychedelic Experience"

    Maria Cichosz

    Chapter 8

    "Allegory and the Work of Aboriginal Dreaming/Law/Lore"

    Brenda Machosky

    Chapter 9

    "Allegory and Bodily Imagination"

    Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr. and Lacey Okonski

    "Afterword: The Future of Allegory"

    Glenn W. Most


    Vladimir Brljak is Assistant Professor in Early Modern Literature in the Department of English Studies at Durham University.