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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0581  Tuesday, 30 March 1999.

From:           Ed Taft <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Mar 1999 14:00:06 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Allegory

My thanks to Brian Haylett for an intelligent response to my comments
about the future of allegory in Shakespeare studies. Brian is certainly
right to point out that all allegory is not the same. When, for example,
the good and bad angels appear to Faustus, what do we have? Psychdrama?
Allegory? Both? Probably both, don't you think? Which leads me to think
that allegory must be subdivided into, say, psychological allegory,
historical allegory, spiritual allegory, etc. But as I write this, I
can't help thinking of Polonius: "pastorical-comical,
historical-pastoral, tragical-historical,
tragical-comical-historical-pastoral" (!) This sudden insight into how I
sound makes me think that it is time to leave this issue and go to SAA,
where, with luck, my affinities with Polonius will not be much noticed.

--Ed Taft

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