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Project: A Critique of Literary Ethics: Metaphor, Metonymy, and Synecdoche in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Poetry and Prose

01-JAN-03 – 31-DEC-06

This research investigates the split between metaphoric and metonymic approaches to literary ethics to show how the ethics of a text results from its entire rhetorical constellation. The ethical potential of metaphor (and its dependent, synecdoche) is re-evaluated through analysis of additional conceptual relations beyond identity (e.g. substitution, negation, tension).