“Truth is like a vast tree”: Metaphor use in Gandhi’s autobiographical narration.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620580
Title:
“Truth is like a vast tree”: Metaphor use in Gandhi’s autobiographical narration.
Authors:
Neary, Clara
Abstract:
This article focuses on Gandhi’s use of Biblical metaphor in the English translation of his autobiography “The Story of My Experiments with Truth” (1940). The aim of the analysis is to show how Gandhi appropriated Christian ideology to his own life story when presenting it to an English-speaking audience. Given that metaphor use is “seldom neutral” (Semino, 2008, p. 32), underlying conceptual mappings can be revealing, particularly when the same conceptual frame is employed systematically across a text or discourse situation. Analysis of the English translation reveals a use of Biblical metaphor in the English translation which may constitute a deliberate appropriation of Christian ideology. This article suggests potential motivations for this appropriation, linking the text’s metaphor use to Gandhi’s desire to reform Hinduism and intention to counter the rising tide of Hindu-Christian conversion that threatened the success of his campaign for Indian political and spiritual independence. Keywords: conceptual metaphor theory, Gandhi, “The Story of My Experiments with Truth”
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Neary, C. (2017). “Truth is like a vast tree”: Metaphor use in Gandhi’s autobiographical narration. Metaphor and the Social World, 7(1), 103 –121.
Publisher:
John Benjamins
Journal:
Metaphor and the Social World
Publication Date:
6-Jul-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620580
DOI:
10.1075/msw.7.1.07nea
Additional Links:
http://www.jbe-platform.com/content/journals/10.1075/msw.7.1.07nea
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2210-4070
EISSN:
2210-4097
Appears in Collections:
English

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dc.contributor.authorNeary, Claraen
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-02T11:23:28Z-
dc.date.available2017-08-02T11:23:28Z-
dc.date.issued2017-07-06-
dc.identifier.citationNeary, C. (2017). “Truth is like a vast tree”: Metaphor use in Gandhi’s autobiographical narration. Metaphor and the Social World, 7(1), 103 –121.en
dc.identifier.issn2210-4070-
dc.identifier.doi10.1075/msw.7.1.07nea-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620580-
dc.description.abstractThis article focuses on Gandhi’s use of Biblical metaphor in the English translation of his autobiography “The Story of My Experiments with Truth” (1940). The aim of the analysis is to show how Gandhi appropriated Christian ideology to his own life story when presenting it to an English-speaking audience. Given that metaphor use is “seldom neutral” (Semino, 2008, p. 32), underlying conceptual mappings can be revealing, particularly when the same conceptual frame is employed systematically across a text or discourse situation. Analysis of the English translation reveals a use of Biblical metaphor in the English translation which may constitute a deliberate appropriation of Christian ideology. This article suggests potential motivations for this appropriation, linking the text’s metaphor use to Gandhi’s desire to reform Hinduism and intention to counter the rising tide of Hindu-Christian conversion that threatened the success of his campaign for Indian political and spiritual independence. Keywords: conceptual metaphor theory, Gandhi, “The Story of My Experiments with Truth”en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherJohn Benjaminsen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.jbe-platform.com/content/journals/10.1075/msw.7.1.07neaen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectconceptual metaphor theoryen
dc.subjectGandhien
dc.subject“The Story of My Experiments with Truth”en
dc.subjectautobiographyen
dc.subjectlife writingen
dc.title“Truth is like a vast tree”: Metaphor use in Gandhi’s autobiographical narration.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn2210-4097-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalMetaphor and the Social Worlden
dc.date.accepted2017-01-27-
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