Part ofTime Representations in the Perspective of Human Creativity
Edited by Anna Piata, Adriana Gordejuela and Daniel Alcaraz Carrión
[Human Cognitive Processing 75] 2022
► pp. 101–124
One common but lesser-known symptom of depression is distorted temporal perception. This chapter analyzes visual metaphors in seven graphic memoirs about depression, revealing the unique opportunities for creativity in the evocation of subjective time offered by this genre. Specifically, the authors of these works use different combinations of “pictorial” and “spatial” metaphors (El Refaie 2019) to convey their sense of time slowing down or freezing, and of being out of sync with other people. These findings are related to Conceptual Metaphor Theory, including Stocker’s (2014) notion of “spacetime”.