These four essays contain material that I moved out of the body of the book because they diverted focus from the main thrust of my argument. I am nevertheless publishing them here because they cover texts and points of view that I found interesting in themselves and ancillary to my main exploration of allegory.
The first, Frederic Jameson versus Lord Jim, covers some of the major points of my differences with Jameson’s very influential take on that Conrad novel.
The second, The Novel as Polylogue, discusses questions raised by feminist criticism, most specifically that of Julia Kristeva. It uses J. M. Coetzee’s fascinating novel Foe as its case in point.
The third, The Satyricon: No Text, Context, Pre-text, attempts to come to terms with Petronius’s picaresque-before-its-time narrative. I originally approached this text thinking it might be an allegory and finally persuaded myself it wasn’t, but found the whole investigation so intriguing that I couldn’t bear to just file it away, so here it is.
.The fourth, Joseph Andrews: Where Allegory First Meets the Modern World, I found intriguing because of that novel’s reproduction in miniature of so many of the concerns of allegory at large. It also figures importantly in my imagination because of its chronological position as a sort of hinge between medieval allegory and what becomes of it in the modern world. Many of the foci of this study animate this short – and terribly underestimated – novel.