Figures of a altering World deals a dramatic new account of cultural switch, an account in response to the excellence among known rhetorical figures, metonymy and metaphor. The ebook treats metonymy because the simple organizing trope of conventional tradition and metaphor because the uncomplicated organizing trope of recent tradition. at the one hand, metonymies current themselves as analogies that articulate or reaffirm preexisting states of affairs. they're guarantors of facticity, a time period that may be translated or outlined as fact-like-ness. nonetheless, metaphors problem the similarity they declare to set up, for you to characteristic departures from preexisting states of affairs.
On the root of this contrast, the writer argues that metaphor and metonymy can be utilized as tools either for the large-scale interpretation of tensions in cultural switch and for the micro-interpretation of tensions inside specific texts. In addressing the functioning of the 2 phrases, the writer attracts upon and opinions the paintings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Roman Jakobson, Christian Metz, Paul Ricoeur, Umberto Eco, Edmund Leach, and Paul de Man.