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Allegory Studies
Contemporary Perspectives

Edited By

Vladimir Brljak

ISBN 9780367521943
Published August 31, 2021 by Routledge
290 Pages 13 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

"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 Seventh-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

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