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On the "Likeness" of Similes and Metaphors (With Special Reference to Alfred Jarry's "Les Jours et les nuits")
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 91, No. 1 (Jan., 1996), pp. 65-77
Published by: Modern Humanities Research Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3733997
Page Count: 13
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This article argues for a reconsideration of how similes and metaphors function in the literary reading process, and examines the effects of their respective logical and syntactic forms, their truth-functional status, their pragmatic force, their creative power in language, and their roles as part of a cumulative textual process. Through a close reading of Alfred Jarry's "Les Jours et les nuits," it tests aspects of the accounts of metaphor offered by Cooper, Davidson, Kittay, Lecercle, Le Guern, and Ricœur, and thereby questions our criteria for the classification of simile and metaphor.
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