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Rhetoric and Realism: Hyperbole in the Mill on the Floss

Jonathan Arac

in Impure Worlds

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231782
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241149 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823231782.003.0007
Rhetoric and Realism: Hyperbole in the Mill on the Floss

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The later-twentieth-century age of French newer criticism seemed no more willing than that of midcentury American New Criticism to recognize the energetic duplicities of language that activate nineteenth-century novels fully as much as they do more recent experimental writing. This five-part chapter deals with the cooperation of rhetoric self-consciousness in making the modern Western tradition of prose fiction. While the figure of hyperbole bears the same name as a geometrical figure defining a shape generated from dual foci but from no center, suggesting complexity and instability. The possibility that exists within the force of language exists with the forces of nature is also discussed here. Furthermore, the etymological play of superiority in the hyperbole passage in this part clearly relates to the discussion of metaphor that occurred.

Keywords: rhetoric; nineteenth-century novels; language; realism; self-consciousness; prose fiction; metaphor; hyperbole

Chapter.  7590 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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