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How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Creative Dynamics
Subtitle: Diagrammatic strategies in narrative
Written By: Christina Ljungberg
Series Title: Iconicity in Language and Literature 11

How do readers make sense of a picture, a photograph, or a map in literary narratives in which visual signs play a critical role? How do authors accomplish their various objectives in constructing such complex texts? What strategies and techniques do they use to project fictional worlds and to provide their readers with the means for orienting themselves there? This book investigates the dynamics of the imaginary diagrams created by cartographers, photographers, and writers of narratives, giving ample evidence of how mapping practices have inspired the imagination of a vast number of authors from Thomas More up to contemporary writers. A special focus is on the effects created by the projection of photographs into the narrative space, and how our seemingly effortless interpretation of photographs and even maps masks complex cognitive processes. The theoretical horizon of this study encompasses the fields of cartography, mental maps, iconicity research, and the spatial turn in cultural studies.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027243478
Prices: U.S. $ 135.00
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027273222
Prices: U.S. $ 135.00
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Europe EURO 90.00