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Figures of a Changing World: Metaphor and the Emergence of Modern Culture

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Figures of a Changing World: Metaphor and the Emergence of Modern Culture

Harry Berger, Jr.

This book offers a dramatic new account of cultural change, an account based on the distinction between two familiar rhetorical figures, metonymy and metaphor. The book treats metonymy as the basic organizing trope of traditional culture and metaphor as the basic organizing trope of modern culture. On the one hand, metonymies present themselves as analogies that articulate or reaffirm preexisting states of affairs. They are guarantors of facticity, a term that can be translated or defined as fact-like-ness. On the other hand, metaphors challenge the similarity they claim to ... Read more


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