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4/20 – Liz Camp, “Why Metaphors Make Good Insults” @ Brooklyn Public Philosophers
Apr 20, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
It was delayed by snowmageddon.
It was hampered by scheduling difficulties.
But on Monday, 4/20 at 7:00 P.M., Liz Camp’s talk on why metaphors make good insults is coming to the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.
Here’s a bit more about Dr. Camp’s talk, in her own words:
“Why Metaphors Make Good Insults”
Metaphors are powerful communicative tools because they ‘frame’ their subjects in certain ways. These effects are especially palpable when the metaphor is an insult that denigrates the hearer or someone she cares about. In such cases, comprehending the metaphor can produce a kind of complicity, one that cannot be undone just by denying the speaker’s claim. Where some theorists take this to show that metaphors accomplish something different in kind from ordinary talk, I argue that metaphorical insults are so rhetorically powerful because they combine three distinct features, each of which is independently common in communication. This result is not just theoretically interesting; it also helps to suggest more effective techniques for hearers to fight back.
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See you there, I hope!