Pictures, Parables, Paradoxes
“More Than One Way at Once” Simultaneous Viewpoints in Text and Image
“More Than One Way at Once”
Simultaneous Viewpoints in Text and Image
1.Lessons from Visual Art in Rethinking Textual Viewpoint
Viewpoint is inherently multimodal: beyond viewpoint in language, we also embody viewpoint in terms of our vision, gesture, body posture, direction of gaze, mental simulation, and so on. In view of these interconnections, cognitive linguists are particularly open to taking lessons from these various domains to learn more about viewpoint as a cognitive phenomenon.1 In a modest way, this paper aims to contribute to this burgeoning field in moving from some preliminary observations on new ways of seeing in visual art to a consideration of how different viewpoints are being made simultaneously present in a recent contemporary novel.
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