Do you read me? metaphor as a pathway to the conceptualisation of literary identity

  • Establishing coherent identity patterns for literary characters in novels is a difficult task. In this respect, we assume that readers rely on pre-stored cultural models in order to construct mental models of the text content, including character identity. By significantly extending the approach by Van Dijk and Kintsch and going beyond the related accounts of Schneider and of Culpeper, we aim to clarify the constitutive role of conceptual metaphor as proposed by Lakoff et al. in processes of literary identity construction. The analysis of a corpus of three contemporary novels supports our claim that conceptual metaphors and the mapping of domains involved interact with cultural models and connect text phenomena to such prior knowledge structures. On this basis, we provide an integrated model of literary identity construction which acknowledges the constitutive value of conceptual metaphors in literary identity construction.

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Author:Julia Vaeßen, Timo Lothmann
Parent Title (English):International journal of literary linguistics : IJLL
Publisher:Johannes Gutenberg-Universität
Place of publication:Mainz, Germany
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2014
Date of first Publication:2014/08/15
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/11/27
Tag:Barnes; Cognitive Linguistics; Conceptual Metaphor; Cultural Model; Doyle; Identity; Mental Model Construction; Reception Theory; Winterson
Page Number:18
First Page:1
Last Page:18
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 41 Linguistik / 410 Linguistik
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:International journal of literary linguistics
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 3.0