La balandra Isabel llegó esta tarde: Las metáforas del mar y la construcción de los roles de género en el cine venezolano de la primera mitad del siglo XX

Translated title of the contribution: The Yacht Isabel arrived this afternoon: Sea metaphors and the construction of gender roles in the venezuelan cinema of the first half of the 20th century

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Abstract

The aim of this work is to develop a linguistic analysis focused on conceptual metaphors related to the sea (or other bodies of water) in order to understand how traditional gender roles are constructed through such metaphors in the movie The Yacht Isabel Arrived This Afternoon. Lakoff and Johnson’s Conceptual Metaphor Theory (1980) is applied, in particular the concepts of structural and ontological metaphors, as well as the notions of discursive power (van Dijk, 2004) and ideology (van Dijk, 2008). The analysis shows that structural and ontological metaphors throughout the film portray the man as the captain, the protector, and the woman´s victim. On the other hand, metaphors representing the woman are the sea, the yacht and the shipwreck. The conclusion is that a feedback process contributes to the dissemination and perpetuation of ideologies of gender roles. The concept of «linguistic obedience» (Komska, Moyd & Gramling, 2019) is key to explain the linguistic behavior of the characters in the film.

Translated title of the contributionThe Yacht Isabel arrived this afternoon: Sea metaphors and the construction of gender roles in the venezuelan cinema of the first half of the 20th century
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)55-73
Number of pages19
JournalCultura, Lenguaje y Representacion
Volume22
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Discursive power
  • Gender roles
  • Linguistic obedience
  • Metaphors
  • Venezuelan cinema
  • Yacht Isabel

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