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The Identity of Metaphor – The Metaphor of Identity

Discourse and Portrait

Daniela Moldoveanu

The book sets out identity of metaphor in the literary discourse from a comparative perspective and links it with the ontological metaphor of identity. The author analyses both American and Romanian texts such as Lucian Blaga’s lyrosophical hermeneutics, Ileana Mălăncioiu, Mariana Marin and Sylvia Plath’s lyrical tirades, and Max Blecher’s poetic novels. She points out that ipseity is a trace of the postmodern bivalent condition that uses the vivid metaphor mechanism to describe its ontological lability as strength.

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III. The Metaphor of Identity. Case Study: The Hybrid Narrative Discourse


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III.   The Metaphor of Identity. Case Study: The Hybrid Narrative Discourse

3.1   Portrait: Max Blecher and the sense of search for self

Max Blecher was a prose writer unique in Romanian literature, frequently compared to aesthete writers of Mateiu Caragiale’s stature primarily accessing through his writings the experiences of life lived (physically undergone) and then the experiences of life imagined. Blecher always seeks to remove masks in a space of clarity and purity of immanence released from the characteristics of physical degradation, even if, in terms of construction, he envelopes and agglomerates, being keen on metaphor’s intrinsic mechanism. The more he moves away from reality (and its related identity) the closer he is to the “genuine” spiritual self. Thus, as compensation, Blecher’s “unreality” dream, i.e. space of mental “happenings”, of reveries and fiction, become more real than everyday platitudes whose mediocrity is recorded with a manic finesse that manages eventually to draw it from obscurity.

Blecher substantiates his first novel on a double mediation of the narrator’s identity that finds its (partial) consistency only on paper in the aestheticizing anamnesis. The fragile young man hosts with disease the core of a gangrenous identity and however he would try to capsize its meaning as definition that cannot take shape without reference to suffering, meat, rotting, pain and death, he only manages to annihilate them by wiping himself from the landscape. Pain, through which the narrator of The Lit-Up Burrow: Sanatorium Journal...

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