Judith Anderson

2:30p-3:45p TR (15 students) 3 cr. IW.

TOPIC: ďAllegory and Metaphor: Interpreting Texts and Making MeaningĒ

For some theoretical readers of literature, all meaning is allegorical or metaphorical; for others, metaphor and allegory (a special kind of metaphor) are only a certain kind of meaning. What Iíd like to do is to look at some of these ideas about meaning and at texts that test and modify them. My list is still tentative (and you are welcome to lobby in my office hours this fall), but Iím thinking of Spenser, Shakespeare, Ionesco, and Beckett (twentieth- century absurdist dramatists), and our contemporary, Paul Auster. Short stories by Hawthorne are also likely, and even a tale by Chaucer is a possibility. Iím also thinking about Lewis Carroll, Calvino, and Borges. Both in theory and in practice, the subject of this seminar is everywhere, and it might even be what defines us as civilized human beings.

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