Topics


Definitions of metaphor; Literal vs. metaphorical meaning; Metaphor and metonymy; Nonlinguistic realizations of conceptual metaphors; The scope of metaphor; Metaphor, politics, & ideology; Metaphor in literature; Metaphor in history

 

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Objectives


  1. to identify metaphors in a sample sentence or text;
  2. to gain a grasp of the basic terminology in the domain to figurative language;
  3. to discuss how debates about metaphor are key to contemporary debates in domains such as politics, economics, and history;
  4. to analyse metaphors and evaluate their functions in different contexts.
  5. to understand metaphor in relation to basic literary forms such as the autobiography and novel.

 

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Organisation


The course will comprise lectures, seminars, class activities, and on-line responses. 

 

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Assessment


100% coursework consisting of:

  • Individual Essays (50 %)
  • Group Project – oral presentation and written report (20 %)
  • Weekly postings to on-line discussion (20 %)
  • Participation in class activities: (10 %)

 

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Texts


The primary readings include selections from Z. Kövecses (2010). Metaphor: A practical introduction. Oxford: OUP Press, and other scholarly considerations of metaphor. The course will explore metaphor through reading of: Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography (1793); Louise May Alcott’s Little Women (1868-69); and, Ann Petry’s The Street (1946). (Course material subject to possible revision.)

Additional supplementary readings will be provided at the beginning of the course.

 

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Last updated: 13 July 2018