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(in literary theory) a person or thing representing or symbolizing a fact or ideal.
- ‘The woman's face, the narrator seems to argue, becomes a figura for the male will.’
- ‘Figura puts the stress on the shaped artifact itself and the viewer's efforts to interpret it.’
- ‘The name Vinci stands not only as a metaphor for the master's pictorial perfection but also as a figura of his self.’
- ‘They have described how the Renaissance blazon expresses the desire to fetishize and idolize the female body by fragmenting the subjective Other and reshaping her as a figura for the male poet's autonomy.’
Latin, literally figure (representing an early use of figure to denote an emblem or type).
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