oblique allusion

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Although it is not specifically mentioned in his discussion of American works, I have always wondered if he was making an oblique allusion to Toni Morrison's Tar Baby to forge a poignant metaphor for future critical approaches that will need to step beyond Western narcissism.
Nine years later, when he completed the Dictionary of the Bible (Bruce), McKenzie made oblique allusion to his previous difficulties in the preface: "Were censorship always conducted in the manner in which these gentlemen [the dictionary's censors] fulfilled their responsibility, there would never be any complaint about the process.
The show's second, central work was more successful, and in it the oblique allusion to sublimity paid off.
Basil Archer confined himself to rare, prudish and oblique allusions to 'crook .
This provides a model for Arnold's own poetry and its frequent yet oblique allusions to Milton.
After its AGOF opening, the riddle goes on to define its answer skirtingly in oblique allusions.
The rest of the book hunts for oblique allusions to English queens.
In excerpts where the narrative alludes to a referent independent from the sphere of obvious eroticism, Jollin-Bertocchi examines the ways in which the modalities of desire, pleasure, and sexual sensation permeate the text and eroticize the reading in a linguistic realm, through tacit signals, implicit forms, and oblique allusions.
The reader encounters oblique allusions to Pushkin's "Queen of Spades" as well as overt references to Bulgakov's "Heart of a Dog" (the homeless mutt is called Sharik).