Introduction Narrative’s Lost Body

  • Daniel Punday


It is difficult to overestimate the importance of the human body to recent literary and cultural theory. Even the briefest survey of recent research reveals the body to be a fundamental element of theories that explain representation within texts and culture. A work like Lakoff and Johnson’s Philosophy in the Flesh (1999) is typical of the signal importance of the human body in recent theory. Their earlier and well-known Metaphors We Live By (1980) defined a series of important and general metaphors operating within philosophical and everyday thought.1 In this more recent study, Lakoff and Johnson now focus specifically on the human body as a crucial element within such metaphors. The body emerges here as the source of most of these metaphors:


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Introduction Narrative’s Lost Body

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