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Introduction: Allegory Past and Present

Brljak, Vladimir (2022) 'Introduction: Allegory Past and Present.', in Allegory Studies: Contemporary Perspectives. New York: Routledge, pp. 1-40.


Since the 1950s, however, allegory has increasingly been approached in ways that bring these perspectives into closer alignment: as a phenomenon in its own right, inviting a broad historical and theoretical outlook. So construed, allegory studies have become a stable nexus of cross-period and cross-disciplinary work in the humanities and social sciences, as a growing number of scholars have come to realize that the subject has outgrown traditional disciplinary models and requires a dedicated research platform in its own right. Intentional allegory comes to be closely associated with two generic clusters, both epitomized in later classical and postclassical times by the works of Virgil: that of pastoral poetry and related kinds of literature, often used to convey political, satirical, autobiographical, and other forms of broadly topical allegory. The chapter also presents an overview on the key concepts discussed in this book.

Item Type:Book chapter
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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Allegory Studies: Contemporary Perspectives on 31 August 2021, available online:
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Date deposited:16 August 2022
Date of first online publication:31 August 2021
Date first made open access:03 March 2023

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