allegory


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Related to allegory: allusion, Allegory of the cave
  • noun

Synonyms for allegory

Synonyms for allegory

a short moral story (often with animal characters)

an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances

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It was through Paul de Mann that allegory began to receive attention as one of the important rhetoric methodologies of Postmodernism.
No doubt the origin of its meaning, literally "to say something other," (2) has often sparked a suspicion that interpretive uses of allegory do a disservice to the meaning of the text under analysis.
In An Allegory of Divine Love: The Netherlandish Blockbook "Canticum Canticorum", Marilyn Aronberg Lavin discusses each of the thirty-two framed scenes individually, as visual images within the larger framework of the history of art, as poetic dialogues composed of hallowed lines newly ordered to create a new poem, and as theological allusions in the form of human interaction.
What is immediately apparent about Landscape Allegory in Cinema is that it sacrifices a tightly constructed and carefully periodized historical argument for a comprehensive (though not quite exhaustive) account of a tendency that has been around almost as long as representation itself.
For Cameron, allegory requires the body's dissolution as an instrument of at times violent self-realization (1981, 4-5).
BEIRUT: An allegory, by definition, discloses meaning -- albeit not directly.
Madsen in Rereading Allegory has called "essentialist genre theory," which makes two assumptions.
Given that allegorical imagery often takes the form of the female body, it is not surprising that the link between allegory and the female figure makes up a recurring and predominant theme in the volume.
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials: A Multiple Allegory
For those not already tormented by the excesses of the festive season, I offer Jacopo Ligozzi's glorious Allegory of Gluttony, dated 1590, which will be offered by Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd.
4) Albeit numerically limited, this particular intersection of Frame criticism--what might be called the Kristevan psychoanalytic post-colonialist nexus--raises a number of issues, related to theory and allegory (a mode currently witnessing a renaissance of interest amongst various groups), (5) that have implications for Frame literary studies far more generally.
Brown's study of the relationship between allegory and mimesis in drama from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries is interdisciplinary and comparative in the truest sense of these words.
But Scrivener's goal is larger: to trace the use of allegory generally in Jacobin writings, and its concomitant reconstruction of genre that merged oral and published discourse.
An introspective allegory about the search for prosperity of the soul, a need that lingers despite fulfilling the needs of the body, LeRoi tracks its self-assured, at times sardonic, yet inwardly incomplete protagonist on a journey of expanded awareness.
As an example of the latter, take: "It is a truth invariably missed by those allergic to allegory that Tolkien's attacks on allegory always and invariably refer specifically to this 'formal and mechanical' kind" (pp.