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The Inescapable Metaphor: How Time and Meaning Become Space When We Think about Narrative

Abstract:

Stories go places. It is impossible to talk about narrative without using spatial terms, such as ‘plotline’, ‘narrative thread’, ‘twists and turns’, ‘pacing’ or ‘circularity’. In such metaphors, the two essential elements of narrative, time and meaning, are consistently replaced by distance and direction. Drawing on Bergson’s ideas on the spatial representation of time and Boroditsky’s cognitive research into spatial metaphors in abstract thought, and using literary digression in Sterne and D...

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10.1353/phl.2012.0028

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty
Role:
Author
Publisher:
John Hopkins University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophy and Literature Journal website
Volume:
36
Issue:
2
Pages:
391-403
Publication date:
2012-01-01
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EISSN:
1086-329X
Source identifiers:
359165
Language:
English
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2013-09-26

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