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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.]


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.
Por ello, consideramos util recuperar el termino "metalepsis", entendido este no en su acepcion narratologica (4), sino poetica: como el tropo formado por un conjunto de metonimias en el que se nombra o toma al antecedente por el consecuente o viceversa.
A proposito, observese en esta ultima frase una metalepsis retorica o discursiva.
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.
Formally, his argument focuses on the pairing of two devices: first, the monologue, taken to the extreme of solipsistic "vacuum speech" (34); and second, metalepsis, understood here as a crossing of boundaries between nested discursive frames, or between intra- and extra-textual realities.
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.
No hay balbuceos: todo se contiene, se concilia; el canto y la metalepsis; la fluidez con la contencion; el entorno con la evocacion, lo labil de la emocion interior, como una "sinestesia" versicular, donde lo sonoro se combina con las coloraturas.