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Michel Tournier and the Metaphor of Fiction$
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David Platten

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853238430

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313561

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Perspectives on Metaphor and Literary Fiction

Perspectives on Metaphor and Literary Fiction

(p.1) Chapter One Perspectives on Metaphor and Literary Fiction
Michel Tournier and the Metaphor of Fiction
Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses metaphor in literary fiction in the context of French author Michael Tournier's works. It offers an argument rooted in the presupposition that the study of metaphor helps considerably in the evolution of a theory of the imagination and considers an interpretation of Tournier's child-centred narrative policy as a logical refinement of the reasoning behind his original choice to deal in myths. The chapter also provides three relevant case studies, which include Paul Ricoeur's theory of metaphor as imagination, Jean Ricardou's writing on the all-pervasiveness of metaphor in both literary and non-literary discourse, and George Lakoff and Mark Johnson's universalist theory of metaphor as the primary organizer.

Keywords:   metaphor, literary fiction, Michael Tournier, theory of imagination, child-centred narrative, Paul Ricoeur, Jean Ricardou, George Lakoff, Mark Johnson

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