Topics


Definitions of metaphor; literal vs. metaphorical meaning; metaphor and metonymy; metaphor, politics, & ideology; meaning and metaphor in domains such as literature, law, religion, ecology.

 

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Objectives


  • to identify metaphors in a sample sentence or text;
  • to gain a grasp of the basic terminology in the domain to figurative language;
  • to understand how issues of meaning and metaphor are key to contemporary debates in domains such as politics, law, ecology, literature; to analyze and evaluate interpretative controversies involving meaning and metaphor.

 

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Organisation


The course will comprise lectures, seminars, and class activities. The third lecture hour will be used for smaller group teaching, class exercises and discussion, and student presentations.

 

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Assessment


100% coursework consisting of:

  • Mid-term short project and presentation (40%)
  • Individual essay (60%)

 

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Texts


There is no textbook, but there are extensive readings available on-line and in the library on metaphor. Z. Kövecses (2010). Metaphor: A practical introduction. Oxford: OUP Press is available as an e-book through the library. Additional readings will be uploaded to Moodle.

 

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Last updated: 2 July 2019