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Figures of a Changing WorldMetaphor and the Emergence of Modern Culture$
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Harry Berger, Jr.

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257478

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257478.001.0001

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Two Figures

Two Figures

(2) Metonymy

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(p.10) Two Two Figures
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Figures of a Changing World
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Harry Berger

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257478.003.0002

This chapter offers several dictionary definitions of metonymies, all of which arrive at the same thought: metonymies involve descriptive or analytic name-changes that illustrate the prior meanings of the things signified, much like an analogy, in addition to being guarantors of facticity or fact-like-ness. Facticity is described as a state of appearance and resemblance that implies a rhetorical effect. Despite the differences, the chapter argues that metonymy and metaphor can both be used as instruments for the interpretation of tensions in culture change and within particular texts.

Keywords:   metonymy, facticity, rhetorical effect, metaphor

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