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Grazia Pulvirenti, Renata Gambino, The paradox of Romantic ekphrasis. Metacritic discourse, perception and imagination in art descripti


Ekphrasis is a text genre based on the intertwining of visual and verbal features, involving the processes of both reading, and priming a visual image or a related action. We argue in this study that...

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Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas,

Conceptual Blending Theory and the History of Emotions


Topics: Emotion; Cognition;
Disciplines: Anthropology;

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The history of emotions is increasingly being grounded on cognition and expression, but its new paradigm may seem in conflict with cognitive theories of basic and complex emotions. To contribute to the convergence of these theories with emergence models, I propose the concept of integrated emotions, with conceptual integration operating at all levels in the construction of affective meaning. Blending Theory can offer the appropriate model for a history of emotions, including emotion concepts, language, and artistic representation. A diachronic and generic version of the blending model is needed to study recurrent conceptual patterns of emotion and their interaction with socio-cultural factors and communicative functions.

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