Figuratively Speaking

Figuratively Speaking

by Robert J. Fogelin
     
 

In this updated edition of his brief, engaging book, Robert J. Fogelin examines figures of speech that concern meaning—irony, hyperbole, understatement, similes, metaphors, and others—to show how they work and to explain their attraction. Building on the ideas of Grice and Tversky, Fogelin contends that figurative language derives its power from its

Overview

In this updated edition of his brief, engaging book, Robert J. Fogelin examines figures of speech that concern meaning—irony, hyperbole, understatement, similes, metaphors, and others—to show how they work and to explain their attraction. Building on the ideas of Grice and Tversky, Fogelin contends that figurative language derives its power from its insistence that the reader participate in the text, looking beyond the literal meaning of the figurative language to the meanings that are implied. With examples ranging from Shakespeare, John Donne, and Jane Austen to e.e. cummings, Bessie Smith, and Monty Python, Fogelin demonstrates that the intellectual and aesthetic force of figurative language is derived from the opportunity it provides for unlimited elaboration.
Fogelin presents a modern restatement of the view, first put forward by Aristotle, that metaphors are to be treated as elliptical similes. He then offers a detailed defense of this "comparativist" view of metaphors in response to criticisms that have been brought against it by a series of eminent philosophers. This new edition is updated to reflect more recent work on the topic and will interest philosophers, linguists, and literary theorists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300042290
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1988
Pages:
128

Meet the Author

Robert Fogelin is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Hume's Skeptical Crisis.

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