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figure of speech

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Any form of expression in which language is manipulated for rhetorical effect. Around ad 95, Quintilian defined the figure of speech as ‘a departure from the simple and straightforward...

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generic representation

Overview page. Subjects: Media Studies.

A generalized representation of a category, such as Man or Woman, sometimes employing an individual example to stand synecdochally for such a category and sometimes a more abstract...

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indexical

Overview page. Subjects: Media Studies — Philosophy.

An expression whose reference on an occasion is dependent upon the context: either who utters it, or when or where it is uttered, or what object is pointed out at the time of its utterance....

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metalepsis

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

A second-order device in rhetoric in which one metonym refers to another metonym as for example in the famous description of Helen of Troy as the ‘face that launched a thousand ships’. In...

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metonymic fallacy

Overview page. Subjects: Media Studies.

In representation, a tendency for a represented part to be taken as an accurate reflection of the whole for which it is taken as standing (e.g. a white middle-class woman representing all...

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metonymy

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities.

A figure of speech in which a word denoting an attribute comes to be substituted for the thing referred to, as in the phrase the crown, denoting the king or queen, or the bench, denoting a...

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Queer rhetoric

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics.

The idea of a queer rhetoric emerged in the mid-1990s as rhetoric studies became aware of the impact of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement on the ecology of public deliberation in...

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trope

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

Rhetorical figures of speech that can be found not just in written and spoken language but in all forms of communication. Traditionally the four ‘master tropes’ are regarded as being:...

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