The Platonic Heritage in Under the Volcano

D. B. Jewison

Abstract


The number of allusions that have been identified in Under the Volcano has reached a total at once impressive and discouraging. It is difficult to discover the central vision that keeps these fragments from flying off in all directions; to what degree is a whollistic approach to the text feasible? By analysing the function of the Platonic heritage in Under the Volcano, it appears that allusion is not a mere technique but an essential part of Lowry's vision.

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