Chapter published in:Performing Metaphoric Creativity across Modes and Contexts
Edited by Laura Hidalgo-Downing and Blanca Kraljevic Mujic
[Figurative Thought and Language 7] 2020
► pp. 153–173
Metaphorical creativity in political cartoons
The migrant crisis in Europe
This paper aims to explore the discursive construction of political meaning in cartoons on the present migrant crisis in Europe, and the potential of cartoon discourse for creativity in the use of metaphor and blending. Metaphors, blends and cultural models interact in the representation of events and social actors in cartoons, and the resulting synergistic effect may create meanings which both reflect and reinforce or reshape public opinion (Bergen, 2004; Marín-Arrese, 2008; Forceville, 2009; Schilperoord & Maes, 2009). From a Cognitive Linguistic approach to Critical Discourse Analysis (Charteris-Black, 2006; Hart, 2010; Musolff 2012a), the paper focuses on the use of metaphors and other cognitive mechanisms, and the ways in which political cartoons provide the ideal site for metaphorical creativity as recontextualization (Hidalgo Downing & Kraljevic Mujic, 2013).
Keywords: metaphor, blending, cultural models, creativity, recontextualization, political cartoons
Published online: 29 May 2020
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