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THE PAINTER'S LIBRARY OF ALLEGORIES

ALLEGORY: Traditionally, a type of figurative expression, usually a narrative with one or more personifications, and often with some moralizing conclusion. More recently, it has been used in postmodernism to describe the relation of one text to another, particularly where they purport to be about the same thing but actually introduce unbidden levels of signification alien to each other.

AS OPPOSED TO SYMBOLISM : Conventionally, something used for or conceived of as representing something else, as an "x" symbolizes a variable in an equation, or a dog symbolizes fidelity, etc. Peirce reserved the term "symbol," as a flag symbolizes "patriotism" or a red octagon symbolizes "stop."

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