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Journal of Literary Semantics

An International Review

Founded by Eaton, Trevor

Ed. by Toolan, Michael

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Volume 40, Issue 1

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Allegory, blending, and censorship in modern literature

Craig Hamilton
Published Online: 2011-03-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jlse.2011.002

Abstract

I argue that politically subversive texts written in allegorical form attain their significance because they are conceptual blends. Political allegories allow writers to criticise regimes indirectly since writers can count on readers to mentally contruct appropriate blends. Readers are naturally driven to find new values that fit an allegory's fixed roles, often yielding new meaning for texts in different contexts. Unfortunately, politically subversive allegories may be censored when censors run the same blends. The three main texts discussed here – Bulgakov's Heart of a Dog, Orwell's Animal Farm, and Miller's The Crucible – are often interpreted as political allegories. I turn to conceptual blending theory to show in some detail how those readings arise. When it comes to allegory and censorship, I suggest that conceptual blending theory can offer us new insights into these timeless topics.

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Published Online: 2011-03-16

Published in Print: 2011-04-01


Citation Information: Journal of Literary Semantics, Volume 40, Issue 1, Pages 23–42, ISSN (Online) 1613-3838, ISSN (Print) 0341-7638, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jlse.2011.002.

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