In the metaphor theory, these objects are also referred to as vehicles, a term which was coined by I. Richards When a metaphor is used, a concept or kind of thing is experienced or described via another one, with which it shares similarities or correspondences and, thus, two different conceptual domains are mapped Lakoff For instance, by using the metaphor Time is a thief someone states that sometimes time, which is valuable to us, passes by without one even noticing and, therefore, it seems as if life goes by too quickly.
A Study in Textual Analysis: The two texts are however quite different so that divergences will be paid particular attention, and the relevance and usefulness of this type of analysis will be examined in this light.
The title as well as the beginning of the text as with the, beginnings of all texts starts to activate the codes by which we will read it in this case, literary and narrative codes. In this case however the meaning of the title is problematic, so that already we have an enigma posed — quite apart from the mystery of all titles which is to provoke questions about why the text is titled thus, how it relates to the story etc.
In the opening paragraphs an opposition is established, which initially seems quite stable: This antithesis a concretization of culture: All of these attributes concretise and thus contribute to the construction of an antithesis, effected by what Barthes calls the symbolic code.
In this text the positioning of the reader, most obviously by the direct mode of address, also constitutes a phatic code establishing and positioning the communication taking place. The mythic code in particular is activated by a rhetoric and by the subject positioning that runs-through all particular myths and legends.
The idea of a code implies processes of encoding and decoding, as well as the existence of an encoder and decoder the reader: The narrative is patterned as a series of smaller narratives with the common link being the same diegetic world and the theme of the wolf.
The hermeneutic code is brought in directly a little further on: Here the terms of the enigma have been radically altered, the symbolic code calling the antithesis into question while the proairetic code informs us that this particular sequence of actions has been brought to an end.
That said, the ending remains somewhat open — it could for example be read as the triumph of the human over the supernatural. The analysis, then, asks precisely how the text is constructed, by what processes it comes to mean.
Tenses shift between past, present and future, while the narrative consists of both direct modes of address and omniscient narration.
The effect of this flux and play is to admit the weaving of codes and voices and this simultaneously denies a stable, unified reading position. Polysemy, the multitude of meanings, is formed from the codes which connect the text to other texts and ultimately to the culture within which it was produced.
Any analysis which offers an examination of this pathway is bound to be a productive one. Modern Critisism and Theory:Feb 27, · Hello everyone!
I hope everyone had a wonderful break. I haven’t posted in a while, but with exams being so close- I will be posting revision resources rather than essays such as revision mats/key quotes for each of the texts. The Invention of Angela Carter is the biography of the British author Angela Carter.
Noted for her ‘fearlessly original works’ in The Times named Carter as the 10th greatest British writer since and her novel Nights at the Circus continues to win awards – the most recent in Angela Carter’s fiction has been generally acclaimed for her “Rabelaisian humor and linguistic exuberance”.
However, the same critics who praise these stylistic traits in Carter call attention to an alleged political weakness in the narrative. Angela Carter is a British novelist and short story writer whose works include: The Bloody Chamber, Nights at the Circus and The Magic Toyshop.
She also co-wrote the screenplay with Neil Jordan for The Company of Wolves based on her short story of the same title. The Fiction of Angela Carter Author(s): S. Gamble.
Publisher: Red Globe Press. Pages: Includes a comprehensive collection of critical essays, reviews and articles The Sadeian Woman () and The Bloody Chamber () Nights at the Circus (). ― Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. 19 likes. Like “Her beauty is a symptom of her disorder, of her soullessness.” ― Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories.
18 likes. Like “ordered me a sky from a florist” ― Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories.