Definitions of metaphor; Literal vs. metaphorical meaning; Metaphor and metonymy; Nonlinguistic realizations of conceptual metaphors; The scope of metaphor; Metaphor, politics, & ideology; Metaphor in literature; Metaphor in education; Metaphor in music.
- to identify metaphors in a sample sentence or text;
- to gain a grasp of the basic terminology in the domain to figurative language;
- to discuss how debates about metaphor are key to contemporary debates in domains such as politics and economics;
- to analyse metaphors and evaluate their functions in different contexts.
The course will comprise lectures, seminars and class activities.
100% coursework consisting of:
- Individual Essay (60 %)
- Group Project – oral presentation and written report (30 %)
- Participation in class activities: (10 %)
There is no textbook, but the primary reading is Z. Kövecses (2010). Metaphor: A practical introduction. Oxford: OUP Press. This is available as an e-book through the library.
Additional reading will be provided at the beginning of the course.
Last updated: 6 July 2015