Metaphorics of Discursive Sociality

  • Barbara Tomlinson


Metaphors of discursive sociality offer an image of writing processes dramatically different from that of the buried life of the mind. Metaphors of discursive sociality situate the author and text in continuing engagement with an interactive and social field of discourse that extends over time and space. They position authors’ texts as alive or their characters as co-authors—rather than focusing back on hidden origins of thought. Pervasive and powerful, metaphors of discursive sociality reveal the primacy of discourse as the source and field of activity in composing. Were it not for the degree to which our investment in the metanarrative of the buried life focuses our attention on interiority and alterity, the centrality of their claims would not need to be stressed.


Brick Wall Writing Process Authorial Responsibility Author Interview Multiple Voice 
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© Barbara Tomlinson 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Tomlinson
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA

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