Monday, October 05, 2009
Allegory, what is allegory? This is a contentious point, and not only in relation to conceptual writing which is currently being touted as the new charlatanism. The new old. Poetry might also be thought of as the new charlatanism. If the sonnet is new, or if oulipo is new, or if short fiction is new, or the new sentence is new, or new is new. New may be allegorical since it allows one group of people to throw another group up in the air for an indeterminant amount of time. It also makes a club of thought. Allegory may not currently be a much loved literary device but it is nonetheless a useful one. Allegory amplifies aspects: character, narrative, journey, perspective. As does conceptual writing. Perhaps this is the point. Perhaps allegory is pointed.