Slipping backwards and forwards between narrative and metaphor

Introducing The ‘Warring with Words’ Project, Mike Hanne writes the following:

Interlinked though I suggest they are, narrative and metaphor frame our political thinking in somewhat different ways. Narrative is an interpretive device, which directs our attention to events (past, present, and future), agents, sequence, spatial and social context, and causality, in the form of a more or less unified plot. Metaphor offers a way of viewing, of seeing one item (often an abstract concept) in terms of another (often concrete). metaphor is, on the surface at least, intuitive and atemporal and, in the words of Philip Wheelwright (1962), [-p.5] offers “an angle of vision, a perspective, through which reality can be held in a certain way, a unique way, not entirely commensurate with any other way”. Nevertheless, it will be argued that, in political discourse, narrative and metaphor both have cognitive and emotive dimensions, that we regularly slip backwards and forwards between the two, and that this oscillation has generally been neglected by researchers.” (pp.4-5)

Ref: (emphases in blue bold mine) Michael Hanne (2015) The ‘Warring with Words’ Project. pp. 1- 50 Eds. Michael Hanne, Michael D Crano, and Jeffery Scott Mio Warring with Words: Narrative and Metaphor in Politics. Psychology Press: New York and London


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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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