Units of Study

ENGL3612 - Metaphor and Meaning

Semester 2, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Nick Riemer


Metaphors challenge received understandings of the nature of linguistic communication since they constitute a systematic case in which expressions are not used in accordance with their meanings. This unit adopts a variety of theoretical perspectives to explore the issue of metaphor within an articulated semiotics of language. Topics discussed include the nature of metaphorical meaning, the literal/metaphorical division, metaphor and language-use, cognitive aspects of metaphor, and the origins of metaphor as a category of European metalinguistic discourse.


1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x4000wd essay (60%)


Course reader available from the University Copy Centre


1x2-hr seminar/week


18 senior credit points from English or Australian Literature


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