AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 5, Number 2. May   2021                                Pp. 18-38

Conceptual Metaphors in Milan Kundera’s Novel, Life Is Elsewhere

Independent Researcher, Indianapolis
Indiana, USA


This study’s primary purpose is to account for the unstated interpretation of Kundera’s novel Life Is Elsewhere (1973) from a cognitive stylistic perspective. His style seems at the first plain, but his philosophical and psychological treatment of subjects is significantly necessary than the narratological world he creates. The identification of the conceptual metaphors and both mega and micro-metaphors constitute the core elements of this paper. Following the title of life as elsewhere metaphor, the metaphors used in the novel are identified in the selected passages based on the metaphoricity they display. Thus, the procedure used is informed by the Metaphor Identification Procedure University Amsterdam since it is strategic and feasible. Excerpts from the novel are selected instead of the whole text for reasons of scope and space. The study’s findings are supposed to open up areas for research on the effects of metaphor-based analysis on working out the meaning of difficult contemporary items as far as literary dictum is concerned.

Cite as:

Mechraoui, S.  (2021). Conceptual Metaphors in Milan Kundera’s Novel, Life Is Elsewhere.
Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 5 (2) 18-38.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awejtls/vol5no2.2


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Dr. Sara Mechraoui is a recent Indiana University East Graduate (IUE); she earned the Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies in 2020. Sara got her Doctorate in English Literature in 2017 from Abou AlKacem SaadAllah University, Algiers, Algeria. Her Master’s concentration was English for Specific Purposes. She worked as an associate professor of English at the Teacher’s Training College (ENSL), Laghouat, Algeria, for three years and at Ammar Thelidji University for three years. She is currently working as a part-time online ESL instructor at the vRealm Inc.  ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6843-2155