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《Journal of Southwest Petroleum University(Social Sciences Edition)》 2019-05
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Conceptual Metaphor in Literary Studies——A Case Study of King Lear

Feng Jun;Graduate School,Sichuan International Studies University;  
Metaphor studies experienced a transition from rhetoric study to cognition study. Cognitive linguistics studies metaphor at conceptual level,and cognitive poetics introduces it into literary studies to analyze text meanings and themes.The function of metaphor is not only embodied at linguistic level but also in narrative understandings. An important tool for comprehending literary text,conceptual metaphor theory is the fundamental mechanism of narrative empathy and mindreading,providing a useful method for literary analysis. Story worlds are connected with the real world through metaphor,and the same source story helps to the understanding of many target stories.King Lear contains many conceptual metaphors originated from"balance"schema and"link"schema,among which the conceptual metaphor"LOVE IS INVESTMENT"is central and most important. Fathers regarded their children as private properties,and their love for children as investment. Such wrong ideas are responsible for the tragedies in King Lear. Conceptual metaphor theory can reveal the cognitive roots of the conflicts between the fathers and children,and highlight the thematic connotations and meanings of the tragedy.
【Fund】: 国家社会科学基金项目“社会认知视角下的简·奥斯丁作品研究”(14BWW041)
【CateGory Index】: I561.073
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