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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 establish, in order ... More

Keywords: cultural change, metonymy, metaphor, traditional culture, modern culture, Friedrich Nietzsche, Roman Jakobson, Christian Metz, Paul Ricoeur, Umberto Eco

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823257478
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257478.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry Berger, Jr., author
University of California, Santa Cruz