Allegory and symbol - a fundamental opposition?

  title={Allegory and symbol - a fundamental opposition?},
  author={Peter Crisp},
  journal={Language and Literature},
  pages={323 - 338}
  • P. Crisp
  • Published 1 November 2005
  • Art, Psychology
  • Language and Literature
For the last 200 years in literary aesthetics a radical opposition has been drawn between allegory and symbol, though no opposition like this was drawn previously. Allegory has generally been regarded as inferior to symbol, supposedly being arbitrary and mechanical where symbol was motivated and imaginative. Although more recently post-structuralists have praised allegory over symbol, they have still believed that it is radically arbitrary. In fact, allegory and symbol are both large-scale… 
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