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Gary Chase Johnson
University of Findlay (Findlay, OH 45840-3653)
The Presence of Allegory: Allegory as Narrative in Modern Fiction

This is a book-length manuscript in which I argue that the most common ways of understanding allegory (as a mode or a genre) are insufficient to deal with the presence of allegory in narrative fiction from the twentieth century. As an alternative, I propose a narrative-based definition of allegory. Conceiving of allegory as a narrative structure will better equip critics to reconcile the obvious presence of allegory in modern literature (think of Kafka, for example) with the fact that many of these same works strongly resist the very interpretations they seem to invite.

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Project fields:
Literary Criticism

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$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2006 – 7/31/2006