imaginative comparison

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Noun1.imaginative comparison - the kind of mental comparison that is expressed in similes or metaphors or allegories
comparison - relation based on similarities and differences
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Griffiths characterizes this shift as a turn toward "comparative historicism," which he defines, in a more inclusive sense, as a "broadly shared habit" of thinking and writing about the past that "placed imaginative comparison at the center of historical understanding" (24) and, in a more exclusive sense, as a "strong critical procedure" and "new literary mode" characterized by "the rapprochement of historical accounts through explicit instances of analogy and comparison" (14).
Early on in his study, he draws an imaginative comparison between Schlink's approach to the National Socialist period in his fiction and traditional depictions of Aphrodite in painting and sculpture.