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Title: Metaphor, Nation and the Holocaust
Subtitle: The Concept of the Body Politic
Written By: Andreas Musolff
URL: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415801195/
Series Title: Routledge Critical Studies in Discourse
Description:

This book is the first to provide a cognitive analysis of the function of
biological/medical metaphors in National Socialist racist ideology and
their background in historical traditions of Western political theory. Its
main arguments are that the metaphor of the German nation as a body that
needed to be rescued from a deadly poison must be viewed as the conceptual
basis rather than a mere propagandistic by-product of Nazi genocidal
policies culminating in the Holocaust, and that this metaphor is closely
related to the more general metaphor complex of the nation as a human
body/person, which is deeply ingrained in Western political thought. The
cognitive approach is crucial to understanding the nature and the origins
of this metaphor complex because it goes beyond the rhetorical level by
analyzing the ideological and practical implications of the conceptual
mapping body-state in detail. It provides an innovative perspective on the
problem of how the Nazis managed to "revive" a clichéd metaphor tradition
to the point where it became a decisive factor in European and world
history. Musolff reveals how such a perspective allows us to explain why
the body-state metaphor continues to be attractive for use in contemporary
political theories.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Semantics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9780203847282
Pages: 210
Prices: U.S. $ 120.00
U.K. £ 85.00
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780415801195
Pages: 210
Prices: U.K. £ 85.00
U.S. $ 120.00