Performing Metaphoric Creativity across Modes and Contexts

ORCID logoLaura Hidalgo-Downing | Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
ISBN 9789027205520 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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The creative potentiality of metaphor is one of the central themes in research on creativity. The present volume offers a space for the interdisciplinary discussion of the relationship between metaphor and creativity by focusing on (re)contextualization across modes and socio-cultural contexts and on the performative dimension of creative discourse practices. The volume brings together insights from Conceptual Metaphor Theory, (Critical) Discourse approaches to metaphor and Multimodal discourse analysis. Creativity as a process is explored in how it emerges in the flow of experience when talking about or reacting to creative acts such as dance, painting or music, and in subjects’ responses to advertisements in experimental studies. Creativity as product is explored by analyzing the choice, occurrence and patterning of creative metaphors in various types of (multimodal and multisensorial) discourses such as political cartoons, satire, films, children’s storybooks, music and songs, videos, scientific discourse, architectural reviews and the performance of classical Indian rasa.
[Figurative Thought and Language, 7] 2020.  xi, 346 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The chapters in this volume, covering different genres, modes, and media, eloquently demonstrate that metaphors are not only concepts that we live by (Lakoff and Johnson), but also capture truly innovative and unique insights (Black). Its authors rightly insist that metaphors must be studied in combination with other tropes as well as other semiotic resources, and show recommendable sensitivity to the importance of the specific context of use.”
Performing Metaphoric Creativity across Modes and Contexts provides a breath-taking panorama of the different ways metaphor manifests as a tool for creativity across different semiotic modes and different cultural and communicative contexts. Given the importance of cross-modality in our everyday experiences, the book represents a long-awaited contribution to creativity studies. It also, however, draws upon and contributes to a wide range of related disciplines, from psychology to discourse analysis. The dizzying variety of modes and contexts addressed in this collection include images, music, cinema, architecture, and internet formats, and examples are drawn from diverse cultural contexts. The notion of creativity is illuminated through being brought into dialogue with concepts such as complexity, materiality, virality, and criticality. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this book, though, is the commitment of all of its contributors to demonstrating the power of creativity to change the world by challenging cultural traditions, altering social structures and possibilities for social action, and changing the minds of the people who engage with it. This book is an essential addition to the library of any scholar interested in creativity, cognition, metaphor, multimodality and discourse analysis more generally.”
“This volume makes an exciting and timely contribution to our understanding and appreciation of metaphoric creativity as both a product and a process. The chapters cover an impressive variety of genres, modes and domains of communication, with particular attention for multi-modal interactions in cartoons, advertising, film and music. As such, the book is a must-read not just for scholars of metaphor and/or creativity, but for anyone interested in discourse, communication and cognition.”
“Since this book is ripe with ideas that experts like to discuss, I would recommend it to anyone interested in studying figurative language and especially to anyone interested in metaphor, metonymy, hyperbole, synecdoche, or irony. Who knows, it may be exactly this book whose contributions will give rise to important new insights in the future.”
“All in all, this is a well-written book which is informative, interesting and thought-provoking. This volume discusses metaphoric creativity and its performativity from a multimodal and cross-contextual perspective. Encompassing a wide spectrum of domains in art and daily life, it is expected to open up a promising window for further exploration of conceptual metaphor in multimodal discourse and as such it is highly recommended.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

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LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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