LotR (was Re: reviews (but not of MC))
ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Sun Dec 14 12:02:23 EST 2003
On Saturday, December 13, 2003, at 09:57 PM, Robyn Starkey wrote:
>> I think that an allegory has to be intentional.
Hmmmm. Well, you folks are making me _think_ about this. [small whine]
I guess what I'm doing is using the word allegory in a restrictive
a specific literary form. Authors set out to write allegories on
>> I'm not saying that an author's intention affects whether a work can
>> be _interpreted_
>> as an allegory. In a way, _anything_ can be interpreted as an
> Doesn't this contradict what you just said. If I can read something as
> allegory, or make a case for an allegorical reading, then how does
> that relate to your statement about it having to be intentional?
What I should say here to be consistent is that any work can be
allegorically - that it can be interpreted as though it had been
written as an
>> But if the author says she or he didn't write one, then she or he
>> didn't write one.
> Here's my problem with the whole "author states" position: what do you
> do if you don't *know* what the author intended? Are you then allowed
> to interpret whatever you want? Or are you banned from interpretation
> at all, having no point of reference?
Lit crit is not my field. Can you tell?
But, to be consistent, I guess I would have to say that I would be free
something allegorically if I like, but I would not be free to say it
was an allegory.
Well, if it were _very_ clearly a genre work I would be able to say it
allegory. So, for example, I don't _know_ that Hawthorne meant _The
Railroad_ as an allegory, but I would be disingenuous if I pretended he
[A word of warning here: one of the things I 'learned' at university
was to examine
things through discussion. I still formulate opinions through
discussion. So, if I
subsequently say something quite different, it's because I'm still
figuring out what I think. My degree is in hair-splitting,
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