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Understanding visual metaphor: The example of newspaper cartoons

El Refaie, Elisabeth 2003. Understanding visual metaphor: The example of newspaper cartoons. Visual Communication 2 (1) , pp. 75-95. 10.1177/1470357203002001755

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Using Austrian newspaper cartoons as examples, this article explores the ‘grammar’ of visual metaphor. It is argued that visual metaphors cannot be described adequately in formal terms only. Rather, they must be considered as visual representations of metaphorical thoughts or concepts. A cognitive definition of metaphor must not, however, distract from potential variations in meaning and impact arising from the mode of communication through which metaphors are expressed. This study suggests that many of the dissimilarities between verbal metaphor and its visual counterpart result from differences regarding what the two modes are able to express easily and efficiently.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NE Print media
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ausrian newspapers, cartoons, cognitive metaphor theory, refugees, visual metaphor
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1470-3572
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:51

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