Reference : The Literal and the Metaphoric: Paradoxes of Figuration in the Work of Janet Frame
Scientific journals : Article
Arts & humanities : Literature
The Literal and the Metaphoric: Paradoxes of Figuration in the Work of Janet Frame
Delrez, Marc mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des langues et littératures modernes > Littérature anglaise moderne et littérature américaine >]
Commonwealth : Essays and Studies
Editions Universitaires de Dijon
Spring 2011
Janet Frame: Short Fiction
[en] Janet Frame ; Short Fiction ; The Lagoon
[en] This essay attempts to address Janet Frame’s fondness for strategies of literal expression, a formal aspect of her work often pinpointed by the critics but never examined systematically, perhaps because it displays a mercurial quality, inseparable from the author’s wit, which resists easy classification. What can be established at any rate is that Frame’s leaning towards literality cannot be dissociated from her interest in metaphor – rather as if the literal, by virtue of constituting the ground zero of metaphor, implicitly pointed to further layers of meaning subliminally encoded in her texts. Thus it is argued that the literal in Frame tends to gesture towards its equivalent in metaphor, and vice versa, in a way which can be correlated with her thematic preoccupation with another shift of levels, occurring whenever she stages a creative personality keen to transform the ontological given provided by the real in terms of intuited correspondences in a more visionary dimension.
CEREP (Centre d'Enseignement et de Recherches en Etudes post-coloniales
Researchers ; Professionals

File(s) associated to this reference

Fulltext file(s):

Restricted access
Paradoxes of Figuration.pdfAuthor preprint143.06 kBRequest copy

Bookmark and Share SFX Query

All documents in ORBi are protected by a user license.