Monday, September 26, 2011

Noel Carroll: "Visual Metaphor" (1994)

This paper is noteworthy for consistently noting that (visual) metaphors can work in two directions: e.g., a woman's body is like a violin, or a violin is like a woman's body.

These are symmetrical metaphors. That is, they are single instances that can be read in two directions.

What I want to focus on is also pairs of mappings that relate two domains in both directions. This can be realized in a number of distinct instances.

Thus, by the normal standards of cognitive metaphor theory, be recognized as a conceptual and cognitive (rather than verbal and linguistic) operation.

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