Neorealism, Contingency, and the Linguistic Turn

Claviez, Thomas (2019). Neorealism, Contingency, and the Linguistic Turn. Humanities, 8(4), pp. 176-192. MDPI 10.3390/h8040176

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Since the publication of Roman Jakobson’s famous 1956 essay “Two Aspects of Language and Two Types of Aphasic Disturbances”, we have tended to read the relationship between metaphor and metonymy as a dialectical one. The essay argues that this approach stands in need of revision, since metonymy, as a trope—and as a trope, moreover, of contingency—undermines the dialectical relationship between the syntagmatic and the paradigmatic axes. This has far-reaching implications, specifically for the assessment of literature and its ethics. Since metaphor functions structurally analogous to dialectics itself, metonymy and its role in realism and neorealism might offer us a way to think an “ethics of contingency” that acknowledges the role of contingency, rather that suppressing it and its role in preventing closure through sublation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures

UniBE Contributor:

Claviez, Thomas

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
400 Language > 420 English & Old English languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 820 English & Old English literatures

ISSN:

2076-0787

Publisher:

MDPI

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thomas Claviez

Date Deposited:

18 Dec 2019 15:20

Last Modified:

18 Dec 2019 18:12

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/h8040176

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.135616

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/135616

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