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28th Jun '16 4:55:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* Franz Kafka, after running out of his literary writings to analyze, lit profs gathered up various [[http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8791.html insurance claim reports]] Kafka wrote in his day job as a Insurance lawyer and trawled them for meaning.

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* Franz Kafka, Creator/FranzKafka, after running out of his literary writings to analyze, lit profs gathered up various [[http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8791.html insurance claim reports]] Kafka wrote in his day job as a Insurance lawyer and trawled them for meaning.
27th Jun '16 2:57:24 PM Morgenthaler
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** Of course he also nearly demands it in the forward of ''TheDefense'' and understanding most of ''Literature/PaleFire'' is impossible without it.

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** Of course he also nearly demands it in the forward of ''TheDefense'' ''Literature/TheDefense'' and understanding most of ''Literature/PaleFire'' is impossible without it.



* Steven Brust, the author of the ''{{Dragaera}}'' series, is part of an informal group of writers who call themselves the Pre-Joycean Fellowship, in reference to their perception that Creator/JamesJoyce started a trend in literary criticism which believes that meaningful works were meant to have obscure language and lots of symbolism and anything well-plotted was not in this category.
* A popular reading of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' holds that it's an allegory for WorldWarII: the Shire was England and the hobbits were the English, the elves were the French, {{Mordor}} was UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and Sauron was [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], and the [[ArtifactOfDoom One Ring]] was the atom bomb or nuclear power. Creator/JRRTolkien emphatically stated--including in the prologues to later printings--that ''TheLordOfTheRings'' was ''not'' an allegory for WorldWarII and that he disliked allegories anyway. Tolkien had been writing ''The Lord of the Rings'' and giving the Ring its central importance prior to WorldWarII, before he ever heard of the possibility of an atomic bomb. Eventually, Tolkien went as far as to write an outline of what the book would have been like if he had meant it as a WorldWarII allegory. Among other things, Saruman would not have been counted on as an ally, and Sauron would have betrayed ''him''; Saruman would have tried to make his own One Ring; and in the end the Fellowship would have had to use its power to win. It's also noted that both sides in that conflict would have held Hobbits in hatred and contempt, and they wouldn't have survived long even as slaves.

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* Steven Brust, the author of the ''{{Dragaera}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series, is part of an informal group of writers who call themselves the Pre-Joycean Fellowship, in reference to their perception that Creator/JamesJoyce started a trend in literary criticism which believes that meaningful works were meant to have obscure language and lots of symbolism and anything well-plotted was not in this category.
* A popular reading of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' holds that it's an allegory for WorldWarII: the Shire was England and the hobbits were the English, the elves were the French, {{Mordor}} was UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and Sauron was [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], and the [[ArtifactOfDoom One Ring]] was the atom bomb or nuclear power. Creator/JRRTolkien emphatically stated--including in the prologues to later printings--that ''TheLordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' was ''not'' an allegory for WorldWarII and that he disliked allegories anyway. Tolkien had been writing ''The Lord of the Rings'' and giving the Ring its central importance prior to WorldWarII, before he ever heard of the possibility of an atomic bomb. Eventually, Tolkien went as far as to write an outline of what the book would have been like if he had meant it as a WorldWarII allegory. Among other things, Saruman would not have been counted on as an ally, and Sauron would have betrayed ''him''; Saruman would have tried to make his own One Ring; and in the end the Fellowship would have had to use its power to win. It's also noted that both sides in that conflict would have held Hobbits in hatred and contempt, and they wouldn't have survived long even as slaves.



* ''TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' starts with a death threat aimed at anyone who tries to analyze it. This is [[ForbiddenFruit often taken as an invitation to do so]].

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* ''TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' starts with a death threat aimed at anyone who tries to analyze it. This is [[ForbiddenFruit often taken as an invitation to do so]].



* Richard Adams has always sworn that ''WatershipDown'' [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids was intended to be a children's book]]. However, many fans and critics don't agree and often see the book the 1970s' answer to ''AnimalFarm'', a political animal fable that focuses on communism, and specifically, Stalinism.
* In-universe example: Grand Admiral Thrawn, resident MagnificentBastard of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse, uses this as his favourite military strategy: he can [[AwesomenessByAnalysis deduce a species' entire]] [[WarriorTherapist psychological makeup]] from their works of art, and plans his tactics accordingly.

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* Richard Adams has always sworn that ''WatershipDown'' ''Literature/WatershipDown'' [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids was intended to be a children's book]]. However, many fans and critics don't agree and often see the book the 1970s' answer to ''AnimalFarm'', ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', a political animal fable that focuses on communism, and specifically, Stalinism.
* In-universe example: Grand Admiral Thrawn, resident MagnificentBastard of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse, ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', uses this as his favourite military strategy: he can [[AwesomenessByAnalysis deduce a species' entire]] [[WarriorTherapist psychological makeup]] from their works of art, and plans his tactics accordingly.
17th Jun '16 7:38:54 AM Malady
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See also: TrueArtIsAngsty, TrueArtIsIncomprehensible, ** See ''Main/{{Applicability}}''.

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See also: TrueArtIsAngsty, TrueArtIsIncomprehensible, ** See ''Main/{{Applicability}}''.Main/{{Applicability}}.



** See ''Main/{{Applicability}}''

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** See ''Main/{{Applicability}}''Main/{{Applicability}}
17th Jun '16 7:36:42 AM Malady
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See also: TrueArtIsAngsty, TrueArtIsIncomprehensible.

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See also: TrueArtIsAngsty, TrueArtIsIncomprehensible.TrueArtIsIncomprehensible, ** See ''Main/{{Applicability}}''.


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** See ''Main/{{Applicability}}''
7th May '16 4:12:15 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''TokyoBabylon'' is a good example of the second point. The french edition's summary used for promotion reveals all the important plot points up to volume 6. Of a 7 volumes series.

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* ''TokyoBabylon'' ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' is a good example of the second point. The french edition's summary used for promotion reveals all the important plot points up to volume 6. Of a 7 volumes series.
7th May '16 6:59:09 AM Ulkomaalainen
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* Really, any of the games by Creator/OsamuSato fit the bill.
7th May '16 6:57:40 AM Ulkomaalainen
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* This amazing deconstruction of ''{{Sinistar}}'' entitled [[http://onastick.net/drew/sinistar/ I Hunger, therefore, I live.]]

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* This amazing deconstruction of ''{{Sinistar}}'' entitled [[http://onastick.net/drew/sinistar/ I Hunger, therefore, I live.]]
7th May '16 6:52:59 AM Ulkomaalainen
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--> People kept me asking what Faust is about. [[ShrugOfGod Like I would know it!]]

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--> People kept me asking me what Faust is about. [[ShrugOfGod Like I would know it!]]
7th May '16 6:51:23 AM Ulkomaalainen
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* Satirized brilliantly by Creator/SteveMartin in ''Film/LAStory''. Martin is in an art gallery, giving a long criticism of an unseen painting, detailing the highly erotic symbolism and voyeuristic subtexts. When the camera angle switches to a view of the painting, it's just a large, red rectangle.

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* Satirized brilliantly by Creator/SteveMartin in ''Film/LAStory''. Martin is in an art gallery, giving a long criticism of an unseen painting, detailing the highly erotic symbolism and voyeuristic subtexts. When the camera angle switches to a view of the painting, it's just a large, red rectangle.
5th May '16 2:08:57 PM aye_amber
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* Just about everything BobDylan ever wrote. It doesn't even seem to matter what he says in interviews about what a song does or doesn't mean (although more often than not now he just avoids those sorts of questions altogether).

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* Just about everything BobDylan Music/BobDylan ever wrote. It doesn't even seem to matter what he says in interviews about what a song does or doesn't mean (although more often than not now he just avoids those sorts of questions altogether).
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