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metalepsis


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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 narratology, metalepsis refers to the collapsing of an embedded tale and the frame narrative, such as one often finds in postmodern metafiction (e.g. Italo Calvino).

Subjects: Literature.


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