Master Tropes of Artistic Language and Imagination
Chapter 4. Tropological space and figurative worlds
Chapter 4 Tropological space and figurative worlds 4.1 Tropological space 4.1.1 Tropological space as a subpart of logical space The idea that the semantic figures, each of them separately but also in various combinations, create their own specific space, which we can call tropological, has been signalled already in my early article on figuration (Chrzanowska- Kluczewska 2004a) and developed in more detail under the label of imaginary space of figuration (Chrzanowska-Kluczewska 2010). It seems a very proper subject to wrap up our discussion on particular tropes and show how they can work in tandem or in larger coalitions. The term tropological space comes from Foucault (1966 : 126), who also refers to it as rhetorical space (p. 174). Genette (1966 [1982b]: 47), coextensively with Foucault, applies the term space of a figure. The equation of the ‘tropological’ with the ‘rhetorical’ was, as we pointed out earlier, elaborated by de Man (), who seemed to invest the tropes with the persuasive power. Figuration, then, is partly merged with rhetoric. This tenet, incidentally, was shared by other deconstructivist thinkers (cf. Hillis Miller 1986). The term “imaginative figuration” is also due to de Man, who used it in The Resistance to Theory (1982 ). Since the space of figuration so conceived refers vastly to things imagined rather than real, I have proposed to treat it as a sub-region of logical space, the concept envisioned by Wittgenstein in Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921). We have, consequently, to distinguish a few kinds of space: 1) physical – the...
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