The Allegorical Impulse: Toward a Theory of Postmodernism*

@article{Owens1980TheAI,
  title={The Allegorical Impulse: Toward a Theory of Postmodernism*},
  author={Craig N. Owens},
  journal={October},
  year={1980},
  volume={12},
  pages={67}
}
  • C. Owens
  • Published 21 January 1980
  • Art
  • October
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