The Work of Metaphor in the Coronavirus Pandemic

Author: Mary Hendriksen


Daniel Carey is Director of the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In Fall 2018, he visited the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, where he opened the Speakers and Public Talks Series with a memorable lecture on "Swift, Gulliver, and the Art of Travel."

In a piece published on 26 May in the Irish Humanities Alliance's blog, Professor Carey writes about the work of metaphor in the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 18th, as Covid-19 spread across the United States, Donald Trump declared himself a “wartime president”. Like many of his fellow leaders, he opted for metaphor amidst the crisis, enhancing his status while underscoring the severity of the situation. The pandemic has proved a fruitful ground for figurative language, with metaphors, similes, and other comparisons defining our relationship to a complex and tragic reality. 

Link to the Irish Humanities Alliance blog on "The Work of Metaphor in the Coronavirus Pandemic."