Richard Bergen

Richard Bergen is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia and holds a Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. He is interested in matters of genre, religion and literature, and intellectual history, but his chief vein of research concerns allegory, as a genre of literature with many exemplars, as a mode occasionally operating in other genres, and as a variety of interpretation. Within allegory studies, Richard is particularly interested in the conversions of allegory from classical to medieval, from “Catholic” to “Protestant,” from dominant to marginal, from pre-modern to modern, and in the nature and function of setting and geography in allegorical narratives.