Figures of a altering World deals a dramatic new account of cultural swap, an account in line with the excellence among everyday rhetorical figures, metonymy and metaphor. The publication treats metonymy because the simple organizing trope of conventional tradition and metaphor because the simple organizing trope of recent tradition. at the one hand, metonymies current themselves as analogies that articulate or reaffirm preexisting states of affairs. they're guarantors of facticity, a time period that may be translated or outlined as fact-like-ness. nevertheless, metaphors problem the similarity they declare to set up, so that it will characteristic departures from preexisting states of affairs.
On the foundation of this contrast, the writer argues that metaphor and metonymy can be utilized as tools either for the large-scale interpretation of tensions in cultural swap and for the micro-interpretation of tensions inside of specific texts. In addressing the functioning of the 2 phrases, the writer attracts upon and reviews the paintings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Roman Jakobson, Christian Metz, Paul Ricoeur, Umberto Eco, Edmund Leach, and Paul de Man.
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