Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 3(2), pp. 75 - 82
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030207
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Must I Needs Want Solidnesse Because by Metaphors I Speak?: Emblematics, Stylistics, Materiality


Daniele Borgogni *
Department of Humanistic Studies, University of Turin, Italy

ABSTRACT

Emblems and devices were typical in their hybrid nature, with textual and visual elements mutually interpreting and reinforcing each other. Using symbols and metaphors, however, did not necessarily mean producing superficial, entertaining forms of art with no “solidnesse”: rather, emblems and devices can be considered as wide cultural indexes in perennial negotiations with the materiality of their symbols. Seen from this point of view, their study can highlight various aspects that are central to the empirical study of Early Modern literature and provide a fresh look at this cultural phenomenon and at the changes in relevance paradigms in a period rife with epistemological and political tensions. Moreover, emblematic texts stressed the centrality of the interpretative moment of a participatory reader and are thus prone to fruitful stylistic analyses: in particular, the stringent theoretical tools provided by Relevance Theory's inferential model of communication can expose not only the emblematists' rhetorical strategies to direct their reader, but also their increasing tendency of constraining the latter's hermeneutic possibilities, allowing a fruitful analysis of emblematic literature and its cultural, economic and ideological bearings.

KEYWORDS
Early Modern literature, Emblematics, Relevance Theory, Materiality, Ideology, Stylistics

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[1] Daniele Borgogni , "Must I Needs Want Solidnesse Because by Metaphors I Speak?: Emblematics, Stylistics, Materiality," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 75 - 82, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030207.

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Daniele Borgogni (2015). Must I Needs Want Solidnesse Because by Metaphors I Speak?: Emblematics, Stylistics, Materiality. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 3(2), 75 - 82. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2015.030207.