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Language and Thought in The Invisibles
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English. (Centre for Academic English)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7042-3576
2015 (English)In: ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies, ISSN 1549-6732, E-ISSN 1549-6732, ISSN 1549-6732, Vol. 8, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper aims to explore how the relation between language and cognition is used as a complex trope in the 1994-2000 comic The Invisibles (Morrison et al.). The Invisibles features a secret language that different characters can access and use to manipulate how other characters can cognize reality. Although this secret language seems to posit the existence of a universal ability of humans to access an enriched understanding of reality, such secret language is also used as a tool of ultimate cognitive manipulation. Thus, language and cognition act as a complex trope that Morrison employs to explore themes of freedom and control, as well as different views on the mind/external world problem. We address this complex trope by discussing which scientific theories of language and cognition appear to be implemented in the story, and how they are used as tropes in the narrative.

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2015. Vol. 8, no 2
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Language, Thought, Grant Morrison, The Invisibles
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-126711OAI: diva2:902816
Available from: 2016-02-12 Created: 2016-02-12 Last updated: 2016-02-15Bibliographically approved

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