Dr. Brenda Machosky edits allegory essay collection

Published by Stanford University Press

University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
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Posted: Jan 25, 2010

UH West O‘ahu Assistant Professor Brenda Machosky recently developed Thinking Allegory Otherwise, a unique collection of essays published by Stanford University Press, that brings together established and new voices on the topic of allegory, and offers a wide range of unusual and exciting ways to think about this traditional form.
Contributors include Jody Enders, Karen Feldman, Angus Fletcher, Blair Hoxby, Brenda Machosky, Catherine Gimelli Martin, Stephen Orgel, Maureen Quilligan, James Paxson, Daniel Selcer, Gordon Teskey and Richard Wittman.
The essays focus on a wide range of topics that include architecture, philosophy, theatre, science, and law, and are not limited to an examination of literary texts and works of art. The book proves the truth of the statement that all language is allegorical, and more importantly it shows its consequences. To “think allegory otherwise” is to think otherwise—to rethink not only the idea of allegory itself, but also the law and its execution, the literality of figurative abstraction, and the figurations upon which even hard science depends.
Thinking Allegory Otherwise was released in December 2009 and is available in both hard cover and electronic form. Published by Stanford University Press, the book may be purchased at http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=16651
Dr. Machosky is an assistant professor of English/Humanities at UH West O‘ahu where she teaches drama, pre-1700 literature, and writing. After receiving her doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she held a three-year postdoctoral position at Stanford University and a one-year visiting assistant professorship at Cornell University. Thinking Allegory Otherwise reflects her scholarly interest in all things allegorical. Dr. Machosky is currently working on her own book, Faces of Allegory, to be published by Fordham University Press.