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Metaphor : New Critical Idiom (Paperback) - David Punter


New Critical Idiom (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 12th June 2007
ISBN: 9780415281669
Number Of Pages: 158

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Metaphor is a central concept in literary studies, but it is also prevalent in everyday language and speech. Recent literary theories such as postmodernism and deconstruction have transformed the study of the text and revolutionized our thinking about metaphor.

In this fascinating volume, David Punter:

  • establishes the classical background of the term from its philosophical roots to the religious and political tradition of metaphor in the East

  • relates metaphor to the public realms of culture and politics and the way in which these influence the literary

  • examines metaphor in relation to literary theory, philosophy, psychoanalysis and postcolonial studies

  • illustrates his argument with specific examples from western and eastern literature and poetry.

This comprehensive and engaging book emphasizes the significance of metaphor to literary studies, as well as its relevance to cultural studies, linguistics and philosophy.

Series Editor's Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Classical Problem: Figurative Languagep. 11
Eastern and Western Metaphorp. 26
Public Metaphorp. 42
Metaphor and the 'Text Instead'p. 57
Metaphor and Psychoanalysisp. 72
Metaphor, the Uncanny, Deja-vup. 87
Metaphor, Difference, Untranslatabilityp. 102
Metaphor and the Postcolonial Turnp. 113
Some Examples and Limitsp. 125
Conclusionp. 136
Glossaryp. 146
Bibliographyp. 149
Indexp. 156
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ISBN: 9780415281669
ISBN-10: 0415281660
Series: New Critical Idiom (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 158
Published: 12th June 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1