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Motives for Metaphor
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Despite urgent calls for reform, composition, literature, and creative writing remain territorial, competitive fields. This book imagines ways in which the three English camps can reconnect. Seitz contends that the study of metaphor can advance curriculum reform precisely because of its unusual institutional position. By pronouncing equivalence in the very face of difference, metaphor performs an irrational discursive act that takes us to the nexus of textual, social, and ideological questions that have stirred such contentious debate in recent years over the function of English studies itself. As perhaps the most radical (yet also quotidian) means by which language negotiates difference, metaphor can help us to think about the politics of identification and the curricular movements such a politics has inspired.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. Title Pages
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 16-11
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part One. Paradox
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. 1. Aberrant Figures: Composition and the “Teaching” of Metaphor
  2. pp. 23-57
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  1. 2. Higher Learning: Reading (for) Metaphor in the Literature Class
  2. pp. 58-90
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  1. Part Two. Possibility
  2. pp. 91-92
  1. 3. Literal Fictions: Equivalence, Difference, and the Dialogic Metaphor
  2. pp. 93-128
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  1. 4. “Other Formulations”: Reading and Writing the Fragmentary Text
  2. pp. 129-154
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  1. 5. Performing Selves: The Writer as Metaphor
  2. pp. 155-193
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 194-208
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 209-232
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  1. Works Cites
  2. pp. 233-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-254
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 274-274
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