Although long recognized as a central device in poetic language, the little critical attention it has received has led to problematic appropriations of metonymy as a critical concept in the humanities. Rethinking Metonymy is the first monograph to confront and resolve these issues, by advancing a ground-breaking new definition based on analysis of examples in Greek tragedy and lyric poetry and considering these in conjunction with classicizing and
Romantic German poetry. Connecting classical perspectives with modern linguistic and literary theory, it both rehabilitates and brings much-needed clarity to an oft-neglected trope while providing invaluable insights
not only to specialists in Greek poetry or literary analysis, but across a much wider range of disciplines.