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n. pl. met·a·lep·ses (-sēz′)
1. A figure of speech in which a word or phrase makes indirect reference to another figure of speech. For example, in "His new leaf turned out to be short-lived, and his life spiraled back out of control," "new leaf" alludes to the expression "turn over a new leaf."
2. A narrative device that involves transgressing the boundary between a fictional world and the real world or between two discrete fictional worlds, as when a character from one TV series makes an appearance in a different series.

[Latin metalēpsis, from Greek, alternation, succession, the use of one word for another, from metalambanein, metalēp-, to take instead, substitute, receive in succession : meta-, meta- + lambanein, lēp-, to take.]
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a rhetorical device in which a word that is used figuratively is taken through a succession of its different meanings or two or more tropes are united in the use of a single word. — metaleptic, adj.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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Noun1.metalepsis - substituting metonymy of one figurative sense for another
metonymy - substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in `they counted heads')
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This discourse is articulated by means of two narrative devices commonly used not only in children's fiction, but also in fantasy novels: metafiction and metalepsis.
Wolf in the fourth part (Chapters 19-22) probes into the common yet little explored transmedial phenomena, particularly iconicity and metalepsis. Specifically, he discusses how iconicity and metalepsis can be cross-medially applied to different narrative forms.
For those individuals (including most of the Grade 4 students' parents/guardians) who are unfamiliar with metafiction and the concept of transgressing storyworld boundaries (i.e., metalepsis), the students' metafictive tales are fundamentally new (Cropley & Cropley, 2008, p.
Undoubtedly, one of the reasons I got into literary criticism was that each week the sermon--the 'teaching', as it is typically called--was followed by debate: debate over hermeneutics, epistemology, historical criticism, ethical adjudication, reception theory, redaction, and forms--parallelisms, parables, chiasmic narrative structures, metalepsis, etc.--as well as, occasionally, careful to-and-fro on politics, citizenship.
A esta transgresion del "umbral de la representacion", Genette le llama "metalepsis" (Metalepsis 15).
Among their topics are Pseudo-Philo and the Pharisees, a look at the prehistory of rabbinic Judaism, the Aqedah in the Bavli: an analysis of Sanhedrin 89b, midrash and metalepsis in Genesis Rabbah: a reappraisal of rabbinic atomism, and the lost matriarch in Genesis Rabbah.
All that learning culminated in two albums of her own, Metalepsis and RIP Chrysalis, both released in 2015.