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Figuratively Speaking: Revised Edition

Robert J. Fogelin

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199739998
eISBN:
9780199895045
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739998.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Figuratively Speaking (1986) examines figures of speech that concern meaning—irony, hyperbole, understatement, similes, metaphors, and others—to show how they work and to explain their ... More


Anglo Cultural Scripts Seen through Middle Eastern Eyes

Anna Wierzbicka

in English: Meaning and Culture

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195174748
eISBN:
9780199788514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174748.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter introduces the theory of “cultural scripts” and shows how it can help to explain miscommunication between “Anglos” and people from other cultural backgrounds. The notion of “cultural ... More


Reading Joshua

Nicholas Wolterstorff

in Divine Evil?: The Moral Character of the God of Abraham

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199576739
eISBN:
9780191595165
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.003.0024
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter offers an interpretation of the stories of extermination to be found in the Old Testament Book of Joshua. The chapter considers two interpretations which take the stories more or less at ... More


Language: A Key Issue in Understanding Jesus and Christianity

Anna Wierzbicka

in What Did Jesus Mean?: Explaining the Sermon on the Mount and the Parables in Simple and Universal Human Concepts

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195137330
eISBN:
9780199867905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195137337.003.0026
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter argues that in the past, the understanding of Jesus’ parables and other sayings, in particular, the eschatological ones, has suffered from a lack of cross‐cultural awareness. Readers who ... More


The Conscience as a Syllogism

Ceri Sullivan

in The Rhetoric of the Conscience in Donne, Herbert, and Vaughan

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199547845
eISBN:
9780191720901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547845.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Meg Lota Brown and Camille Slights have considered how metaphysical poetry relates to that form of Stuart ethical discussion known as case casuistry, where individual situations are considered in ... More


Antony and Cleopatra: Soldering up the Rift

Harold Fisch

in The Biblical Presence in Shakespeare, Milton, and Blake: A Comparative Study

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184898
eISBN:
9780191674372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184898.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter argues that Antony and Cleopatra is the most mythological of Shakespeare’s plays. This is not to say that he shared the mythological vision of the world; the play is not mythologically ... More


Upping the Anti/e: Exaggeration in Céline and Vallès

WALTER REDFERN

in French Laughter: Literary Humour from Diderot to Tournier

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199237579
eISBN:
9780191696749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237579.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter discusses Cèline's Mort à crèdit and Vallès's L'Enfant. It argues that exaggeration, traditionally associated with falsity, can in fact be redeployed so as to serve the cause of truth. ... More


The Woman in White, Great Expectations, and the Limits of Medicine

Helen Small

in Love's Madness: Medicine, the Novel, and Female Insanity, 1800-1865

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184911
eISBN:
9780191674396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184911.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

For Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens, writing at a time when powerful sectors of the medical profession were increasingly insisting that knowledge of human life would be grounded in physiology ... More


The Truth and Something But the Truth

Stephen Yablo

in Aboutness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691144955
eISBN:
9781400845989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691144955.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter considers the question of why we should bother with partial truth now that we know, more or less, what partial truth is. Why make false statements with true bits in them, rather than ... More


Nikarkhos

GIDEON NISBET

in Greek Epigram in the Roman Empire: Martial's Forgotten Rivals

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199263370
eISBN:
9780191718366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263370.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter begins with a close reading of Nikarkhos' longest extant epigram, an elaborate sexual and scatological parody of Homer known in a papyrus copy from Oxyrhynchus as well as from the ... More


Tropes

Jeanne Fahnestock

in Rhetorical Style: The Uses of Language in Persuasion

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199764129
eISBN:
9780199918928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764129.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

While discussions of style in the rhetorical tradition lack the basic language categories (e.g., lexical field) that twentieth-century analysts have created, they did discriminate high-profile ... More


Figurative Predications

Robert J. Fogelin

in Figuratively Speaking: Revised Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199739998
eISBN:
9780199895045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739998.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Using ideas primarily derived from Grice's notion of conversational implicatures, this chapter provides an account of irony, hyperbole, and understatement. Grice's central notion is that these ... More


Newspaper discourse informalisation: a diachronic comparison from keywords

Alan Partington

in Corpora: Corpus-based Language Learning, Language Processing and Linguistics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748640607
eISBN:
9780748671502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640607.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Computational Linguistics

This chapter provides a description of certain types of salient items found in the keyword lists of the SiBol 1993 and SiBol 2005 corpora with the objective of diachronic analysis of a particular ... More


Rhetoric and Realism: Hyperbole in the Mill on the Floss

Jonathan Arac

in Impure Worlds: The Institution of Literature in the Age of the Novel

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231782
eISBN:
9780823241149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231782.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The later-twentieth-century age of French newer criticism seemed no more willing than that of midcentury American New Criticism to recognize the energetic duplicities of language that activate ... More


Scaling War: Poetic Calibration and Mythic Measures in David Jones’s In Parenthesis

Hope Wolf

in The First World War: Literature, Culture, Modernity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780197266267
eISBN:
9780191869198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266267.003.0003
Subject:
History, Cultural History

David Jones’s In Parenthesis (1937) communicates the excessive character of war experiences by depicting the breaking of measuring instruments. It meditates on the difficulty of conveying the impact ... More


Hyperbole

Willy Thayer

in Technologies of Critique

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780823286744
eISBN:
9780823288878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823286744.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter highlights the question concerning the sovereignty of the principles of the understanding in the Cartesian text that initiates the hyperbolic turbulence of sovereignty that could create ... More


Bento Santiago’s Grand Dissimulation

K. David Jackson

in Machado de Assis: A Literary Life

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300180824
eISBN:
9780300182644
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300180824.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Machado’s most complex failed narrator-author, a master of dissimulation who writes to disguise the depth and damage of his obsessions, is Bento Santiago, in his own words the “subterranean man” who ... More


. “Money Expects Money”: Satiric Credit in The Way We Live Now

Anna Kornbluh

in Realizing Capital: Financial and Psychic Economies in Victorian Form

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254972
eISBN:
9780823261123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254972.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Anthony Trollope, too, casts suspicion on the ethical implications of the psychic economy metaphor eloquently voiced by Dickens and Eliot. His financial roman-a-clef illustrates the centrality of ... More


The Flytings

Corey Gibson

in The Voice of the People: Hamish Henderson and Scottish Cultural Politics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780748696574
eISBN:
9781474412520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696574.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This chapter explores Henderson’s ‘flytings’, or public debates, with the poet Hugh MacDiarmid (1892-1978), in which they contested Scotland’s literary culture and the value of traditional folk-song ... More


Hyperbole in Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu

Audrey Wasser

in The Work of Difference

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823270057
eISBN:
9780823270095
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823270057.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter investigates hyperbolic rhetoric in Proust’s novel for what it reveals about the nature of desire, the organization of the self with respect to its sense impressions, and the conversion ... More


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