Erotic Emissions in Greek Poetry: A Common Link Between Generalized Integration Networks

28 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2009

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Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas

Department of Cognitive Science, University of California San Diego; Classics Department, University of Murcia; Department of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University

Date Written: July 28, 2009

Abstract

I use the network model of Blending Theory to present a conceptual generalization over several case studies of imagery, belonging to three different periods of Greek love poetry: ancient Greek lyric, medieval folksongs, and two 20th century poets, Ritsos and Elytis. All these linguistic expressions intend to convey a rather immediate emotional response to an erotic stimulus. In order to enhance the cause-effect vital relation, they prompt for the construction of a number of conceptual blends, all sharing a generic common link of erotic emission. Variation in the realization of the pattern crucially relies on assigning the role of the emitter to the loved person or to an external agent, and on selecting a specification for the EMISSION image schema, like light, wind, or an object. Culture and communicative context impose further constraints that can be studied systematically.

Keywords: poetic imagery, conceptual blending, image schemata, Greek love poetry, emotions

Suggested Citation

Pagán Cánovas, Cristóbal, Erotic Emissions in Greek Poetry: A Common Link Between Generalized Integration Networks (July 28, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1440389 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1440389

Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas (Contact Author)

Department of Cognitive Science, University of California San Diego ( email )

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Classics Department, University of Murcia ( email )

Department of Classical Philology
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Spain

Department of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University ( email )

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Cleveland, OH 44106-7068
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