With the past in front of the character

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that our most recent paper entited “With the Past in Front of the Character: Evidence for Spatial-Temporal Metaphors in Cinema” has been published by Metaphor and Symbol, 30:3, 218-239, 2015.

In our previous article on character perception, also posted on this forum, we have shown how the character’s visual experience can be embodied in film by metaphorically extending the inferential logic of sensory-motor patterns (i.e., image schemas) onto the inferential logic of character perception (i.e., the relationship between the character’s eyes and the objects perceived in front of them).

In our new paper we continue this path by bringing the discussion of character perception to the foreground of temporal meaning in film. Using concise case-studies, our article provides evidence that a majority of flashback scenes base their conceptions of time on a static Ego-Reference-Point model in which the past appears to be in front of the character’s eyes on screen.

Do not hesitate to contact us in case your library does not subscribe to this journal.

We hope that you will enjoy reading this paper!


Maarten Coëgnarts
University of Antwerp, Belgium

Peter Kravanja
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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