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Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical TraditionAncient Thought and Modern Revisions$
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G. R. Boys-Stones

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240050

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199240050.001.0001

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The Harlot's Art: Metaphor and Literary Criticism *

The Harlot's Art: Metaphor and Literary Criticism *

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Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical Tradition

Christoph G. Leidl

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores some major issues in developing a model for the study of metaphor as a literary category. Purely structural categorization should be supplemented with sensitivity to context in the operation of metaphor. Central to the purpose of metaphor are the judgements they imply, and their use to create vocabulary for new fields of thought thus throws useful light on how those fields are viewed. Ancient personifications of rhetoric as a woman are used as a case study.

Keywords:   metaphor, literary theory, metaphorology, personification

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