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TitelMLA-Panel: Sprachbilder/Bildersprache: Allegory as a Form of Reflection between Ornament and Sign
BeschreibungModern Language Association Convention
Chicago, January 9-12, 2014
Deadline for submissions: March 15, 2013

Sprachbilder/Bildersprache: Allegory as a Form of Reflection between Ornament and Sign

If allegory is a form of speech that says one thing but means another, then it is only via the detour through an other that the reader arrives at its meaning. We are looking to explore the nature of this “detour”. What is gained by going around? What does it mean to take the direct route? Is such a choice even possible or is indirection fundamental to all semiotic processes?
The possibility of such indirection suggests that the function of a sign must be understood in conjunction with the artful skirting of direct signification. This ornamental quality in the arrangement of the sign would then precede the signifying function itself. Many theories of language in modernity have, indeed, suggested this, thereby turning allegory into a general test site for language’s indirectness as well as the productivity inherent in it.
This panel explores allegory as a self-reflexive form of expression between ornamentation and signification. What do these concerns suggest for regimes of meaning-making and knowledge-production in literature and the visual arts: to what extent are the constellations of lines and letters productive beyond their places in image and word?

The panel seeks proposals that address these and related questions. Possible topics include:
• Allegory as a (self-)reflexive poetological mode of expression
• Practices of reading and questions of legibility in word and image
• Discourses of allegory and ornamentality in the 20th century (Benjamin, Freud, Derrida, de Man,
Gadamer et al.) or in their historical genesis (e.g. Winckelmann, Kant, Goethe, Schiller) with
reference to their re-evaluation in modernity
• Processes of signification and questions of agency in the production of meaning (theories of
autopoiesis; correspondences to psychoanalytic theories)

Please send 250-word abstracts to Luisa Banki ( and Andrea Wald ( by March 15, 2013.

All panelists must be registered MLA members by April 7, 2013.

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SchlüsselbegriffeLiteratur- u. Kulturgeschichte
Klassifikation03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft > 03.07.00 Ästhetik
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