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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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The identity of metaphor and the metaphor of identity in the various types of discourse we have chosen to present and dissect in this book, are both tightly linked to the latest, postmodern perception of truth, reality and the realm of transcendence. That is why the definitions of metaphor and identity seen on such background change considerably when confronted with their own antibodies.

The three types of discourse: philosophical, lyrical and hybrid, are each pieces of the puzzle we intend to solve in order to prove that metaphor remains the mandala of the search in the depths of human identity through sometimes very elaborate literary artifice. No matter what means of expression the author embraces, in the end the discourse will show, as we will see in most of the cases, its groundwater of metaphoric poses, not necessarily having any obvious connection with the metaphor as a rhetoric device.

The two concepts, metaphor and identity, are always treated as being the head and tails of the same coin represented by the discourse and portrait in the spotlight, because in the reason and coherence of the text ontology, the entities above embody its heart and joints.

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