We are happy to announce that our January meeting will welcome a presentation by Andreas Musolff, who will propose a diachronic account of the parasite-metaphor.
PLACE: VU University, Main Building 14A20
Title: Metaphorical parasites and parasitic metaphors – figurative meaning in social contexts. Andreas Musolff, University of East Anglia
Sponsored by Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM) and the VU University Department of Language and Communication
Abstract: The metaphorical categorization of adversaries as “parasites” has an infamous history in political discourse: For two centuries it has been routinely used for the purpose of racial and social stigmatization. In cognitive accounts this parasite-metaphor has often been treated as an example of semantic transfer (“mapping”) from the biological to the social domain. Historically, however, the scientific uses cannot be deemed original or primary, for their emergence in the 17th and 18th centuries was preceded by a much older tradition of religious and social meanings. In present-day discourse, several versions of the metaphor seem to ‘co-exist’ alongside each other. The paper charts patterns of diachronic variation in the discourse history of the parasite-metaphor and it discusses implications of these findings for key-assumptions of cognitive metaphor theory and its socio-pragmatic significance for Discourse Analysis.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Your ACDC convenors