In CONCRETE LANGUAGE Sämi Ludwig investigates models of intercultural communication in two postmodern texts. Basing his argument mainly on George Lakoff and Mark Johnson’s and on recent ... weiterlesenethnographic work on metaphor, he proposes an approach which traces “concrete” discursive elements in multicultural fiction, that is, he looks at how communication is constructed in the metaphors of literary texts. The detailed analysis of two exemplary books, one by an Asian American woman and the other by an African American man, yields fascinating results: Kingston’s autobiography can be read as an experiential critique of the metaphorical frameworks which predetermine intercultural communication. Reed’s novel even constructs a multicultural system of interaction based on Voodoo forms. In a detailed conclusion the author observes that oral metaphors of communication are preferred in both texts, suggesting that a multicultural theoretical meta-framework should go beyond visual and spatial metaphors and be constructed on the basis of aural imagery.
“CONCRETE LANGUAGE negotiates the politi-cally tricky waters of interculturalism and mul-ticulturalism with both grace and rigor.”
Linda Hutcheon, author of The Politics of Post-modernism and The Poetics of Postmodernism