Towards an embodied poetics of cinema: the metaphoric construction of abstract meaning in film

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dc.contributor.author Coëgnarts, Maarten
dc.contributor.author Kravanja, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-10T10:17:37Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-10T10:17:37Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Coëgnarts, M. and Kravanja, P. (2012) 'Towards an embodied poetics of cinema: the metaphoric construction of abstract meaning in film', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 4. en
dc.identifier.issued 4
dc.identifier.startpage 1
dc.identifier.endpage 18
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5756
dc.description.abstract Central to Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT) is the notion of embodied mind, which states that cognition is shaped by aspects of the body. Human beings make metaphoric use of recurring dynamic patterns of perceptual interactions and motor programmes (image schemas) for abstract conceptualisation and reasoning. According to film scholar David Bordwell the poetics of cinema studies the film as a result of a process of construction. He presents the following key question: how do film-makers use the aesthetic dynamics of the film medium to elicit particular effects from spectators? In this article we want to address an abbreviated case of meaning construction in film, namely the construction of abstract meaning in film. By combining insights from Bordwell as well as CMT, we will demonstrate how the poetics of abstract meaning-making in film is embodied. What does it mean to say that the construction of higher meaning in film is rooted in bodily experience and how can this be grasped without resorting to the confinement of words and sentences? By analysing the stylistics and the visual patterning of particular film scenes we will demonstrate how film-makers often resort to image schemas to come to terms with abstract notions such as time, love and psychological content. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Film and Screen Media, University College Cork en
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dc.rights © 2012, The Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. en
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dc.subject Abstract meaning en
dc.subject Film en
dc.subject Conceptual Metaphor Theory en
dc.subject CMT en
dc.title Towards an embodied poetics of cinema: the metaphoric construction of abstract meaning in film en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Maarten Coëgnarts and Peter Kravanja, University of Antwerp en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media en
dc.identifier.journalabbrev Alphaville


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