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Intermedial narrative as communication media: Imagination, narrative, and selfhood from Peirce’s semiotic perspective

From the book Volume 2

  • Yunhee Lee

Abstract

Post-classical narratology developed in two directions: contextualism and cognitivism. Contextualist narrative tends to represent the external world by a cultural and historical parameter, while cognitivist narrative represents the internal world of mental phenomena. Contextualist narratologies have a diachronic view, construing narrative as an instrument to contextualize or historicize, whereas cognitivist narratologies regard narrative as embodied in medium specifics. This paper examines the possible dialogical collaboration of the two directions by looking at the intermediality of narrative between poetry and film. From a Peircean perspective, narrative inquiry has two faces, namely, poetic and rhetoric. I elaborate the relation between “narrative imagination” in poetry and “imagistic narrative” in film from a first-person perspective. Examining their dialogical interaction, I show how narrative form as an impregnator for sense-making is transmitted through medium specifics, entering through poetics and coming out through rhetoric. I conclude that intermedial narrative showcases communication media as a condition for identifying selfhood.

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