Rethinking metonymy. Literary theory and poetic practice by Sebastian Matzner

By Sebastian Matzner

Even though metonymy has lengthy been famous as being a primary equipment in poetic language, it has bought little severe cognizance in its personal correct. not just has this created a spot in literary analytical scholarship which should be addressed, however it has additionally allowed for tricky appropriations of metonymy as a severe proposal now generally in use in structuralist reviews around the humanities. Rethinking Metonymy Read more...


Rethinking Metonymy is the 1st monograph to confront and unravel matters surrounding frustrating appropriations of metonymy within the humanities. by way of constructing a ground-breaking new definition dependent on Read more...

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Gura is used in connection with “figures of speech and thought” only at Opt. Gen. ’23 Notwithstanding these terminological variances, what the Roman rhetoricians’ observations consistently highlight is the difference between what might be called the internal and the external generation of a semantic surplus achieved through stylized language usage. Cicero’s definitions of tropes and figures run as follows: Ornari orationem Graeci putant, si verborum immutationibus utantur, quos appellant τρόπους, et sententiarum orationisque formis, quae vocant σχήματα .

Linguistic properties) in a way that goes beyond the economy of ordinary, unstylized language (while leaving them unchanged in their meanings): Sed si habitus quidam et quasi gestus sic appellandi sunt, id demum hoc loco accipi schema oportebit quod sit a simplici atque in promptu posito dicendi modo poetice vel oratorie mutatum. 35 While both of these two modes of poetic usage tend 34 Quint. Inst. 13; trans. Russell. For this eponymous ‘turn’ cf. Trypho’s observation that tropes are not just any manner (τρόπος) of speaking that differs from the daily usage of language but one that is marked by a characteristic turn (τροπή): τρόπος δέ ἐστι λόγος κατὰ παρατροπὴν τοῦ κυρίου λεγόμενος (Trypho, Trop.

Let us begin, then, by addressing the (relatively modern) failure to distinguish between figure and trope, prevalent even in Genette’s own polemic on the decline of rhetoric,16 which causes confusion over what kind of phenomenon of stylized speech metonymy and metaphor are and how they relate to other modes of expression and other forms of stylized speech. 14 15 Sojcher 1969, 58; italics in the original. Deguy 1969, 861. Genette uses both terms indiscriminately in his discussion, sometimes calling metonymy a figure, sometimes a trope.

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