Allegory is generally thought of as an extended written metaphor or visual symbolic representation and discussed in analyzing literature and works of art. But University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu Assistant Professor of English/Humanities Brenda Machosky argues that it is far more than a literary or artistic device.
In Thinking Allegory Otherwise (Stanford University Press), she brings together essays by scholars who engage allegory in exciting new ways.
The wide array of topics—ranging from architecture to law—rethinks not only the idea of allegory itself, but also the law and its execution and figurations upon which even hard science depends. All language is allegorical, Machosky believes, and the book explores the consequences.
She pursues the discussion further in her own book, Faces of Allegory, to be published by Fordham University Press.