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Notes on Allegory (By CG 2011)

Notes on Allegory (By CG 2011)

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Notes on Allegory 
 
The evidence base forallegorical interpretation?
Allegory -- from the Greek,
allos 
, "other" and
agoreuein 
,"to speak in public" --
figuratively unites two orders,one of which is shown and the other of which iskept out of view,
establishing relationships ofresemblance between them such that
the reader orspectator may construe meaning over and abovethe literal
. Allegory stages the relationship betweenpersonal and political, private and public, which is oftencentral to the production of political meaning in art.
[
Joanna Page,
Crisis and Capitalism in Contemporary Argentine Cinema 
(Durhamand London: Duke University Press, 2009), p. 182]
 
Film allegory paradoxically requires spectatorsto take up a particular vantage point fromwhich
a story "kept out of view" (to usePage's words) can clearly be seen
.As Ismail Xavier writes in
Allegories of Underdevelopment 
, in the case of allegory, it isa particular '
narrative texture [that] placesthe spectator in [this] analyticalposture'
(my emphasis).[
Ismail Xavier,
Allegories of Underdevelopment 
(Minneapolis: University ofMinnesota Press, 1997), p. 16.
]

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