Metaphor and Writing: Figurative Thought in the Discourse of Written Communication

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  • Copyright: 2010-12-06
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This volume explains how metaphors, metonymies, and other figures of thought interact cognitively and rhetorically to tell us what writing is and what it should do. Drawing on interviews with writing professionals and published commentary about writing, it argues that our everyday metaphors and metonymies for writing are part of a figurative rhetoric of writing - a pattern of discourse and thought that includes ways we categorize writers and writing; stories we tell about people who write; conceptual metaphors and metonymies used both to describe and to guide writing; and familiar, yet surprisingly adaptable, conceptual blends used routinely for imagining writing situations. The book will give scholars a fresh understanding of concepts such as 'voice', 'self', 'clarity', 'power', and the most basic figure of all: 'the writer'.

Author Biography

Philip Eubanks is Professor and Chair in the Department of English at Northern Illinois University. He is the author of A War of Words in the Discourse of Trade: The Rhetorical Constitution of Metaphor (2000).

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. viii
List of tablesp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. 1
In search of the figurative rhetoric of writingp. 13
The double bind of writer and to write: Graded categoriesp. 26
Bind upon bind: The general-ability and the specific-expertise views of writingp. 41
Three licensing stories: The literate inscriber, the good writer, and the author writerp. 60
Writing as transcription, talk, and voice: A complex metonymyp. 93
The writing self: Conceptual blends, multiple selvesp. 121
Writing to ˘get ideas across÷: The role of the Conduit Metaphorp. 142
Codes and conversations: The other Conduit Metaphorp. 170
Metaphor and choicep. 194
Referencesp. 198
Indexp. 210
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