Chapter One, titled "Anticolonial Melodramas: Gender Relations and the Discourse of Resistance in Noli me tangere and Lucia Jerez," challenges Doris Sommer's thesis, which posits that heterosexual love relationships allegorize
the desire to create a nation in Latin America.
John Winthrop's description of the battle between a snake and a mouse in Watertown on July 5, 1632, is an early example of this compulsive desire to allegorize
that is found in these young men: "After a long fight, the mouse prevailed and killed the snake.
As Frye noted in The Anatomy of Criticism, "the instant that any critic permits himself to make a genuine comment about a poem (e.g., 'In Hamlet Shakespeare appears to be portraying the tragedy of irresolution') he has begun to allegorize
." In the 1970s, Paul de Man showed that criticism undermines its symbolic pretensions by revealing its allegorical dimensions in moments of rhetorical self-consciousness.
Rather than providing advice about playing, it uses the chess board and pieces to allegorize
a political community whose citizens contribute to the common good.
Like a Mannerist painter, Cervantes employs the natural world to depict a higher order, elongating or deforming, as required, the raw materials to allegorize
the higher, perfect order that the lower, natural world represents.
Using Quintilian's definition of "allegory," "allegorize
," and "allegorical" (which is quite necessary in comprehending his point), Travis sets out to prove that Oedipus at Colonus as a tragedy can only be understood through what he calls its "choral allegory." By this he means the ways in which the chorus throughout the play can relate to both Oedipus and the audience, while at the same time it helps them relate to each other, all through the use of allegory, which is defined here as an extended, indefinite metaphor.
His lyrics allegorize
and metaphorize his world; his music retropes blues and spirituals and even nursery rhymes into something all his own, The Funk, where R&B horns, acid guitars, and spacy synthesizers are nailed together by bass and drums hitting then quitting the first beat of the measure, The One.
Lacking a theory of the development of theistic understanding not only from the Old Testament to the New, but within the Old Testament itself, he could presumably only allegorize
(in Stoic mode?) or accept the atrocities of God.
Thus, autobiographies allegorize
selves by constructing personae of a broadly symbolic import.
His novels do not consciously allegorize
a position but, rather, embody symptomatic allegories of a historical condition.
Here, the novel's characters and events allegorize
the phenomenological, intertextual process that universalizes the black text and liberates the black tradition.
The newspaper image itself is clipped and collaged into the composition, whose disassembled and reconstituted elements allegorize
and out the implicit power circuitry of the photo, casting the black figure as a convict statistic and the white figure as a castrating harbinger of death.