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Visual Metaphor and Embodiment in Graphic Illness Narratives

Elisabeth El Refaie


This study uses the analysis of visual metaphor in 35 graphic illness narratives—book-length stories about disease in the comics medium—in order to re-examine embodiment in traditional Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT) and propose the more nuanced notion of “dynamic embodiment.” Building on recent strands of research within CMT, and drawing on relevant concepts and findings from other disciplines, including psychology, phenomenology, social semiotics, and media theory, the book develops the argument that the experience of one’s own body is constantly adjusting to changes in one’s individual sta ... More

Keywords: comics, Conceptual Metaphor Theory, dynamic embodiment, graphic illness narrative, multimodality, pathography, phenomenology, semiotics, visual metaphor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190678173
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190678173.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisabeth El Refaie, author
Reader in Visual Communication at the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University