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Rethinking Metonymy: Literary Theory and Poetic Practice from Pindar to Jakobson

Sebastian Matzner


This monograph advances literary theory and the theory of poetic language by developing a theory of metonymy as a literary trope. After a critical assessment of currently available views on metonymy and of metonymy’s status in scholarly discourse, notably in relation to metaphor, it establishes this trope’s fundamental principle, different conformations, and aesthetic effects through an evaluation of concrete metonyms in literary texts, chiefly from Greek tragedy and lyric poetry (along with further material from Goethe, Schiller, and Hölderlin for illustration and comparison). On this basis, ... More

Keywords: metonymy, metaphor, stylistics, trope, Jakobson, Pindar, Greek tragedy, translation, poetic language, structuralism

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198724278
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724278.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sebastian Matzner, author
Lecturer in Comparative Literature, King's College London

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