Similes, Puns and Counterfactuals in Literary Narrative - Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Stylistics (Hardback)Jennifer Riddle Harding (author)
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In this study, Jennifer Riddle Harding presents a cognitive analysis of three figures of speech that have readily identifiable forms: similes, puns, and counterfactuals. Harding argues that when deployed in literary narrative, these forms have narrative functions-such as the depiction of conscious experiences, allegorical meanings, and alternative plots-uniquely developed by these more visible figures of speech. Metaphors, by contrast, are often "invisible" in the formal structure of a text. With a solid cognitive grounding, Harding's approach emphasizes the relationship between figurative forms and narrative effects. Harding demonstrates the literary functions of previously neglected figures of speech, and the potential for a unified approach to a topic that crosses cognitive disciplines. Her work has implications for the rhetorical approach to figures of speech, for cognitive disciplines, and for the studies of literature, rhetoric, and narrative.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 172
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Cross-fertilizing stylistics, cognitive linguistics, and narrative theory, this interdisciplinary book addresses a number of blind spots in the study of figurative language, characterization, and consciousness representation in literary narrative. Harding's close readings are an engaging complement to her theoretical discussion." -Marco Caracciolo, University of Groningen, the Netherlands