Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 5(4), pp. 301 - 307
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050408
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Allegory in Prison Letters: Art or Puzzle?

Bajram Kosumi *
Rector of the Public University "Kadri Zeka" Gjilan, Republic of Kosovo


This article examines the style and discourse in prison epistles, a special literary manifestation in the Albanian literature of the late 20th century. The allegoric and hermetic discourse dominates in these letters. Why does this happen: to hide the thoughts from the censorship of the prison administration (to disorient the censor, authors in general used many words with obscure meanings, and many other allegoric texts, which in reality are hypertexts) or simply for aesthetic and stylistic effects? This is a question which determines the status of the text. In this analysis special attention is given to words in the semantic and stylistic aspects. The focus of attention is especially allegoric and hermetic words and sentences. Decoding the words and sentences, of the allegoric and hermetic discourse, brings to a new light the text itself: whether it is a literary or a referential text. The stylistic analysis method and the critical discourse analysis are used in the examination. The critical discourse analysis is necessitated by the polysemy of the text, which lies always beyond the text and is interrelated with different textual or life contexts.

Documentary Literature, Prison Epistles, Allegory, Figure, Genre, Discourse, Style

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[1] Bajram Kosumi , "Allegory in Prison Letters: Art or Puzzle?," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 301 - 307, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050408.

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Bajram Kosumi (2017). Allegory in Prison Letters: Art or Puzzle?. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 5(4), 301 - 307. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050408.