Williams's response to Chandler understands the paradigm of the vehicle historically in terms of a new account of the emotions, one that moves away from transcendence and metaphor towards transport and metonymy. The paper builds on the theme of the displaced, wordlessness of the emotions as a way of reading nineteenth-century melodrama, a precinematic idiom that anticipated modern 'conveyances' of mute emotion such as the freeze frame. Melodrama's implementation of tableau and music thus comes to constitute a language of emotion that is able to convey unrepresentable feeling by displacement, externalizing it as a subject for critical perception and reading.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Literature and Literary Theory
- Language of emotion