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Similes, Puns and Counterfactuals in Literary Narrative

1st Edition

By Jennifer Riddle Harding

Routledge

172 pages

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In this study, Jennifer Riddle Harding presents a cognitive analysis of three figures of speech that have readily identifiable forms: similes, puns, and counterfactuals. Harding argues that when deployed in literary narrative, these forms have narrative functions—such as the depiction of conscious experiences, allegorical meanings, and alternative plots—uniquely developed by these more visible figures of speech. Metaphors, by contrast, are often "invisible" in the formal structure of a text. With a solid cognitive grounding, Harding’s approach emphasizes the relationship between figurative forms and narrative effects. Harding demonstrates the literary functions of previously neglected figures of speech, and the potential for a unified approach to a topic that crosses cognitive disciplines. Her work has implications for the rhetorical approach to figures of speech, for cognitive disciplines, and for the studies of literature, rhetoric, and narrative.

Reviews

"Cross-fertilizing stylistics, cognitive linguistics, and narrative theory, this interdisciplinary book addresses a number of blind spots in the study of figurative language, characterization, and consciousness representation in literary narrative. Harding’s close readings are an engaging complement to her theoretical discussion." —Marco Caracciolo, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Similes, Puns, and Counterfactuals in Literary Narrative

Chapter 2: Similes

Chapter 3: Drunken Eloquence: Similes in John Updike’s "Transaction"

Chapter 4: Puns

Chapter 5: Very Punny: Puns in Bret Harte’s "The Luck of Roaring Camp"

Chapter 6: Counterfactuals

Chapter 7: Complex Regrets: Counterfactuals in Hemingway’s "The Snows of Kilimanjaro"

Chapter 8: Conclusion

About the Author

Jennifer Riddle Harding is Associate Professor of English at Washington and Jefferson College, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Stylistics

Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Stylistics offers original, dynamic academic investigations into the related fields of rhetoric and stylistics. Books will focus on rhetorical or stylistic approaches to pedagogy, cognition, emotion, corpora, and multimodality, incorporating analytic studies conducted on the synchronic and/or diachronic discourses of literature, politics, law, news, advertisements, business, academe, and other subjects. This exciting series offers an innovative and challenging range of texts, providing rich resources for students and researchers alike.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN015000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric
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LITERARY CRITICISM / General