Conventional and Original Metaphors in French Autobiography

Conventional and Original Metaphors in French Autobiography

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This book studies three autobiographies, each of which is at least partially devoid of chronological structure: Sartre's qThe Words, q Perec's qW or The Memory of Childhood, q and Sarraute's qChildhood.q Calendar-based order, traditionally associated with autobiography, fails to provide the coherence the readers expect. Hence, readers must create a sense of coherence at another level by using their conceptual resources. qConventional and Original Metaphors in French Autobiographyq reveals that in these literary texts coherence is maintained based on the exploitation of conventional metaphors taken from everyday language, which the autobiographers transform in a creative yet familiar manner. These common metaphors offer guidance to readers and establish coherence between the shared life experiences of reader and autobiographer. In the course of reading, the autobiographers' and the readers' life experiences overlap through familiar metaphors, which serve as organizational devices in writing and as guiding principles in reading.Autobiography Burkitt, Ian. aquot;The Shifting Concept of the Self.aquot; History of the Human Sciences 7.2 (1994): 7-28. Cassirer, Ernst. An Essay on Man: An Introduction to a Philosophy of Human Culture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1954. Coxanbsp;...

Title:Conventional and Original Metaphors in French Autobiography
Author:Madalina Akli
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2009


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