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Poetic MachinationsAllegory, Surrealism, and Postmodern Poetic Form$
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Michael Golston

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231164306

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231164306.001.0001

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Etymologies, 1980—the Allegorical Moment

(p.1) Introduction
Poetic Machinations

Michael Golston

Columbia University Press

The introduction is an overview of theories of allegory and develops a model of allegory based on the works of Charles Sanders Peirce, Walter Benjamin, and sundry postmodern critics. The chapter argues that no critical study of allegory operating at the level of form in postmodern poetry currently exists, and that formal allegory is a distinguishing feature of innovative poetry written after World War II. It devises a means for using Peirce’s tripartite division of the sign into index, icon, and symbol as a template for understanding historical shifts in prosody. It ends by examining surrealist, structuralist, and post-structuralist discussions of collage, montage, and allegory.

Keywords:   Allegory, Semiotics, Postmodernism, Poetics, Peirce, Benjamin

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