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1st Edition

By David Punter


176 pages

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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.

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

About the Author/Editor

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.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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