116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Metaphor's Power in Human Interactions: The Possible of the Impossible

Session Chair: 
A. Ricardo López-Pedreros, Western Washington University
Session 8: Sunday 10 am – 11:30 am
Miller Hall 113


  1. Geoffrey Huyck, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    Metaphor in Cold-War-era nukespeak and modern environmental discourse both function as terministic screens in shaping public awareness of global dangers. Insulation from the deadly implications of these problems backgrounds productive fear into more tolerable but nonreactive anxiety. Responsible alternatives for the use of metaphor in discourse are proposed.
  2. Blanca Aranda Gómez García, Western Washington University
    This paper explores the metaphor from its literary origin to its cultural role. Through the analysis of the poem “Run Run se fue pa’l norte,” by Violeta Parra, we will revisit the fundamental connection between the metaphor and the topic of “poetry and reality.” This presentation will be delivered in Spanish. 
  3. Luis Portugal, Western Washington University
    Para Friedrich Nietzsche el conocimiento humano es esencialmente metafórico y es tan sólo cuando las metáforas pierden su capacidad creadora que los seres humanos son capaces de ilusionarse con la verdad, lo canónico, lo inmutable. En este ensayo proponemos retomar las reflexiones de Nietzsche del conocimiento metafórico, comprender las reflexiones filosóficas de sus seguidores como Deleuze, Foucault y, en especial, con las propuestas del poeta cubano José Lezama Lima.
  4. A. Ricardo López-Pedreros, Western Washington University
     In this paper, I discuss the different gendered and classed metaphors certain petit bourgeois women and men performed in order to question “the power of the bourgeoisie” and thus make a claim for the right to rule in revolutionary movemements in Colombia during the 1970s  
Session Cancelled: