Abstract

I argue that metaphor may be understood as the appropriation of the literal meanings of words, in order to give them a use that differs from their functions. Just as Duchamp took the Mona Lisa, or rather a reproduction of it, and added a moustache, a maker of a metaphor takes a literal word or sentence and uses and abuses it. This allows for a solution to a number of puzzles concerning metaphor.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 142-152
Launched on MUSE
2014-08-18
Open Access
No
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