Metaphor  book cover
1st Edition


ISBN 9780415281669
Published July 18, 2007 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. The Classical Problem: Figurative Language  2. Eastern and Western Metaphor  3. Public Metaphor  4. Metaphor and the ‘Text Instead’  5. Metaphor and Psychoanalysis  6. Metaphor, The Uncanny, Déjà-vu  7. Metaphor, Difference, Untranslateability  8. Metaphor and the Postcolonial Turn  9. Some Examples and Limits  10. Conclusion  Glossary  Bibliography

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David Punter is Professor of English Literature at the University of Bristol. He has published widely on Gothic, romantic and contemporary literature, psychoanalysis, postcolonial studies and literary theory.