Personification and Allegory: Selves and Signs


What has allegory to do with personification, and personification with allegory? Are we justified in speaking, as we often do, of “allegorical personifications” and “personification allegory,” or does such usage, however widespread, obscure fundamental differences between the two?

Personification and Allegory?
Michael Silk

Silk discusses the earliest connections between personification and allegory, which he pinpoints to the seventeenth century.

Personification and Allegory
Walter Melion and Bart M. Ramakers
Talking about personification means talking about allegory. One reason for this is that texts and images which are considered allegories very often contain personifications. Where personification is used, allegories come into being.
Personification and Enchantment
Jason Crawford
The disenchanting poetics of allegorical narrative are especially clear in the context of allegory’s most important trope: personification.
Personification and Alienation
Nicolette Zeeman
In this essay excerpt, Zeeman argues that personification always yokes together discourses or elements that are potentially at odds with each other—a feature that it shares with allegorical narrative more generally.

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