Allegories of Writing: The Subject of Metamorphosis

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SUNY Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 204 pages
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Allegories of Writing presents the first full synthesis of allegory theory and literary metamorphosis. It examines the leading themes and the literary transformations of metamorphic narratives. By applying current theories of the text and the subject to metamorphic tales from Homer, Plato, and Apuleius to Keats, Kafka, and Calvino, this book recovers the critical force of metamorphosis in secular Western literature.
The author clarifies the cultural history of literary metamorphosis from the perspective of allegory theory. At the core of the study are the connections among Plato s Phaedrus, Apuleius s Golden Ass, Shakespeare s A Midsummer Night s Dream, and Keats s Lamia. Other primary texts are arranged around this core by their significant participation in the ironic literary deployment of metamorphic devices."
 

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Contents

Writing as the Daemonic
1
History of Metamorphic Allegory
23
Metamorphic Subjects
53
Transformations of Affect
56
Shame and Disappearance
63
Political Economy
72
Fabulous Monsters
83
The Insect
84
The Gender of Metamorphosis
113
The Apuleian Psyche
114
Circes Metamorphoses
122
The Changeling Boy
128
Lamias First Life
132
The Vehicular Female
139
The Crone
145
NOTES
149

The Basilisk
87
LifeinDeath
91
Sharikov
96
Qfwfq
102

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Bruce Clarke is Associate Professor of English at Texas Tech University.

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