Charles Forceville (1999). “The metaphor Colin is a child in Ian McEwan’s, Harold Pinter’s, and Paul Schrader’s The Comfort of Strangers.”

“The metaphor Colin is a child in Ian McEwan’s, Harold Pinter’s, and Paul Schrader’s The Comfort of Strangers.” Metaphor and Symbol 14: 179-98.

Abstract: In the cognitivist paradigm, metaphor’s conceptual nature is investigated almost exclusively in its verbal manifestations. Research on non-verbal expressions of conceptual metaphors is still surprisingly scarce. While some pioneering work has been done in the area of pictorial metaphor, this has hitherto focused on specific instances of isolated metaphors. For better insight into the nature of conceptual metaphors, it is necessary to examine if they can be rendered pictorially and mixed-medially and, if so, what forms they could take. In this case-study, a structural metaphor from Ian McEwan’s novel The comfort of strangers is analysed and compared to its counterpart in the film Paul Schrader based on the book. The article ends with suggestions for generalizations across different media, including a distinction between explicitly and implicitly signalled metaphors.

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