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Mentální prostory opery : kognitivní teorie v analýze operního představení a inscenace

Title in English Mental Spaces of the Opera : Cognitive Approach to the Operatic Productions


Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Opus musicum
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords theatre; opera; cognitive science; Conceptual Metaphor Theory; Conceptual Blending Theory; multimodal metaphor; Verdi; Otello
Description The paper introduces conceptual metaphor theory, conceptual blending theory and multimodal metaphor theory as the means of opera performance analysis. These theories can help to understand the meaning creation in the opera productions and can be used e.g. as basis for comparative analysis of the history of staging of the opera. The author deals particularly with George Lakoff’s and Mark Johnson’s approach to the metaphor, Gilles Fauconnier’s and Mark Turner’s works on conceptual blending and Charles Forceville’s understanding of the metaphor from the perspective of multimodality, and complements these approaches with Lawrence M. Zbikowski’s findings about (foundations of) musical grammar.
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