ERIC Number: ED345256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Gertrude Buck on Metaphor: Twentieth-Century Concepts in a Late Nineteenth-Century Dissertation.
Vivian, Barbara G.
Gertrude Buck's doctoral dissertation, published in 1899, represented a radical departure from traditional treatments of metaphor. By approaching metaphor from an entirely new vantage point--psychology--Buck offered fresh insight and provided new explanations for the origin and function of figurative language. Buck made at least four other contributions to rhetorical theory: (1) she provided a psychological basis for the understanding of metaphor; (2) she offered an organic rather than a mechanistic conceptualization of language; (3) she refuted long-held notions that metaphor is mere ornamentation added to language for effect; and (4) she capitalized on new theories of communication that acknowledged both source and receiver in the creation of meaning. Through comparisons with the contemporary theories of I. A. Richards, Buck's theories can be seen as essentially 20th-century concepts in an embryonic stage of development. An acknowledgement of Buck's contributions should help place current theories of metaphor in the larger context as a conceptual history of metaphor is developed. (Fourteen references are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Buck (Gertrude); Metaphorical Thought; Richards (I A)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (43rd, Cincinnati, OH, March 19-21, 1992).