Image Schema

Two pages that might make it into one of the two comics projects I’ll be working on as I (slowly) head towards completion of my PhD. These are trying to find a way of representing the concepts of “image schema” and “body schema” that are very popular in cognitive science, and occasionally applied to comics studies, most recently in a terrific chapter by Karin Kukkonen in Daniel Stein and Jan-Noel Thon’s From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative. Beate Hampe’s From Perception to Meaning: Image Schemas in Cognitive Linguistics gives an excellent overview of the concept. The basic idea is that by simply physically existing in the world, our sensorimotor experiences build up abstract, highly schematic cognitive structures that we access in more complex thought processes. This forms the basis of an embodied view of conceptual metaphor, and a starting point for the account of drawing-as-metaphor in comics production that is the main focus of my research.


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