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Language − Literature − the Arts: A Cognitive-Semiotic Interface


Edited By Elżbieta Chrzanowska-Kluczewska and Olga Vorobyova

The book offers an interdisciplinary discussion of the cognitive-semiotic interface between language, literature, and the arts, with a special focus on creativity and imagination. It brings together international contributors suggesting a wide range of innovative perspectives on the correlation between verbal discourse and creative artefacts. The book reveals the specificity of such phenomena as parallax, transparency, corporeal imagination, and multimodality. Alongside interpreting artistic texts, the contributors search for cognitive and semiotic manifestations of creativity in political and everyday discourse.

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Parallax in Poetry and Painting: The ‘Craft of Rupture’ or the Art of Paradox (Olena Marina)


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Olena Marina

Kyiv National Linguistic University, Ukraine

Parallax in Poetry and Painting: The ‘Craft of Rupture’ or the Art of Paradox

Abstract: Addressing the notion of parallax as an ‘artscientific’ phenomenon viewed through the prism of paradoxicality, this paper approaches the latter as a parallax-based cognitive discursive category characterized by prototypical effects generated by mental and discourse configurations in their interaction. Paradoxicality is regarded here as a fuzzy set construal, which provides elasticity of the category’s boundaries with a constant accessibility for new members. This category is structured by the categorical foci of contradiction, unusualness, boundedness, anomality and mobility, which might be actualized to a different extent in poetic and/or visual discourse through paradoxical poetic forms, such as imagery, deviant syntactic constructions, impossible poetic worlds, etc. The study analyzes various instances of parallax in multimodal literary discourse, which reveals the workings of paradoxicality and its poetic effects manifested through oscillations of conceptual structures, such as conceptual metaphors and oxymora, that provoke paradoxical leaps at different strata of poetic discourse. Particularly, parallax can be traced in morphological oxymora or in-built negations, in homophonic ensembles, in clashes and overlappings of contradictory phonesthemes as well as in intersemiotic links between verbal and visual discourses.

1. Introduction

In this study, similarly to Michael Burke’s Sherlocke Stylistica (a figurative name given to scholars involved in various kinds of stylistic investigations), as “a kind of linguistic-forensic discourse critic”, I set off in search...

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