catachresis


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strained or paradoxical use of words either in error (as 'blatant' to mean 'flagrant') or deliberately (as in a mixed metaphor: 'blind mouths')

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As noted earlier, Quintilian relates transumption to catachresis and abusio in his list of tropes that effect a change of a word's meaning.
Understood as mixed metaphor or as the misapplication of terminology, catachresis is simply wrong.
How does a speech act become a trope, a catachresis which then engenders in its turn the narrative sequence of an allegory?
Hillis Miller's oversimplified, if compelling, analysis of what he considers to be the fallacy in Ruskin's pathetic fallacy--the effacement of prosopopoeia in catachresis ("Catachresis, Prosopopoeia, and the Pathetic Fallacy: The Rhetoric of Ruskin," in Poetry and Epistemology: Turning Points in the History of Poetic Knowledge: Papers flora the International Poetry Symposium, Eichstatt, 1983 [Eichstatter Beitrage, vol.
Confusion: where Cohen will emphasize the transcendent possibilities of translation understood as an abandonment of one's language and one's accustomed "relations of ruling" (Goddard 89) in the name of identification with some absolute outside (translation as anagogic metaphor), Glover will problematize such transcendence, presenting translation as inevitably ironic, paradoxical, misplaced (translation as metaphor still, but verging on catachresis, disjuncture): "I have become a metaphor or a joke," Elle opines, "a piece of language sliding from one state into another [.
The use of the term "specimen"--echoed later in Moy's description as "a specimen of oriental magnificence" (New York Commercial Advertiser, Nov 151834; reprinted in New Hampshire Patriot, Nov 24, 1834)--is especially rich as it conveys multiple concepts of synecdoche and catachresis current in the nineteenth century.
What the poet can do is invoke the immanence of nature by articulating its resistance to textual enframing, employing figural logic--the correspondences of metaphor, the extensions of catachresis, the attributions of metonymy, the substitutions of synecdoche, the inversions of chiasmus, the ruptures of anacoluthon, the subversions of irony, the opacities of paradox, the invocations of apostrophe, and the mimicries of onomatopoeia (to gather but a handful or two of pertinent figures)--to connote nature's diversity, flux, and supersession of univocal diminution.
The critic eagerly expands on this foundation in the second chapter, analyzing Rulfo's short stories "Nos han dado la tierra" and "El dia del derrumbe" to demonstrate how Rulfo uses bathos and catachresis in his formation of centripetal irony.
Through catachresis a writer can say the unsayable, can say nothing, by 'allowing language to do violence to itself"' (49).
Another pivotal term in this study is catachresis, precisely because it resists affirming "a perfect fit between word and meaning" and requires "attention to the hovering absence/presence of that which can never be adequately signified in language" (73).
Mistakes happen, sometimes intentionally (the figure is called catachresis in rhetorical theory).
reference," or catachresis (135), and argues that "there are
As a result, queer texts often deal with queer issues only through indirection, allusion, or even catachresis.
In Memory of Meishu Film: Catachresis and Metaphor in Theorizing Chinese Animation.
In some kind of misplaced metaphor, or catachresis, Wordsworth suggests the unity of scene and thinker: he gives Fry's thesis an added boost.