Personality Ideology in Chinese Novels: Evidence from Conceptual Metaphors of Spatial Self

[Speaker] Wang, Wanzhen:1,2,3
[Co-author] Liu, Siyun:1,3, Gu, Chuanhua:1,2,3
1:School of Psychology, Central China Normal University (China (People's Republic of China)), 2:Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior (China (People's Republic of China)), 3:Ministry of Education (China (People's Republic of China))

The current study analyzed conceptual metaphors of "spatial self" used in sixteen Chinese novels by two male and two female writers. The four writers are Mo Yan, Wang Shuo, Yi Shu, and Eileen Chang, who are all representative writers in different ages of China. We found that all the writers drew on deictic verbs and path verbs as source domains to conceptualize "spatial self" consistently in their products when they expressed selves, but the types of manner verbs as target domains were used inconsistently to express various notions of selves. The results may reflect different psychological perspectives of the story narration in the four writers' products. The results suggested that using conceptual metaphor theory to analyze language materials could help us better understand implicit personality ideologies expressed by Chinese writers. Furthermore, the conceptual metaphor theory provides a new perspective to study character personalities in novels.
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