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The Conceptualisation of the Christian Life in John Henry Newman's Parochial and Plain Sermons

Author(s): Marcin Kuczok
Subject: Religion

Book Description

This book analyses the conceptual mechanisms behind the notion of “The Christian Life” in the collection of sermons preached by John Henry Newman (1801–1890) and published in eight volumes as Parochial and Plain Sermons (1834–1843). The study utilises tools of cognitive semantics, such as the theory of conceptual metaphor and metonymy and the theory of conceptual integration. Cognitivism offers an integral perspective on language and is gaining in popularity among scholars in the whole world.

The book identifies a number of metaphorical models of “The Christian Life” in Newman’s sermons, based on structural metaphors, such as “A Journey”, “A Race”, “A Trial” and “Family Life”, as well as some models based on ontological metaphors, such as animalisations (“The Sheepfold” metaphor), vegetalisations (the “Christ is a Plant” metaphor) and reifications (“The Gift” metaphor). Each of the models constitutes a coherent set of metaphors, metonymies and metaphtonymies, present throughout the whole of Newman’s Parochial and Plain Sermons. It is also shown that the conceptualisation of “The Christian Life” is based on conceptual blending between conventional metaphors functioning in everyday English and the transcendental conceptual domain of “Christianity”.

The book will be of interest to linguists, particularly those interested in cognitive linguistics, as well as to theologians, especially those focused on the theory of preaching, and to everyone interested in the legacy of John Henry Newman.

Hardback

ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5459-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5459-X
Date of Publication: 01/03/2014
Pages / Size: 300 / A5
Price: £49.99
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Biography

Marcin Kuczok is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, Poland, where he graduated with an MA in English Philology in 2005 and a PhD in English Linguistics in 2012. He also received an MA in Theology from University of Opole in 2003. Dr Kuczok has published in several international journals, including Newman Studies Journal, SKASE Journal of Translation and Interpretation and Linguistica Silesiana. His academic interests revolve around cognitive semantics, especially the theory of conceptual metaphor and metonymy and the theory of conceptual blending, as well as their applications to studying religious language, describing the axiological parameter of language, and analysing English and Polish word-formation processes.