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Structures of Appearing
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Structures of Appearing: Allegory and the Work of Literature

Brenda Machosky


This book addresses the limitations of a metaphysical, aesthetic approach to literature, an approach that effectively excludes allegory. By using a phenomenological approach, the author proposes a new understanding of allegory that is not about finding meaning but about experiencing language. The author recasts the historical relationship between art and philosophy, critiques aesthetics as an ideology that has long subjugated art to philosophical criteria of judgment, and revitalizes allegory as a fundamental and powerful structure supporting all language. Rather than being a mere signifying d ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, allegory, image, language, literature, phenomenology, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823242849
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823242849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brenda Machosky, author
University of Hawai'i West O'ahu