A Cognitive Study of the Construction of Killing Scenes in Chinese TV Series

Lei YAO, Qingyun ZHANG


Killing scenes are bloody and can make people feel sick and uncomfortable. Therefore, they are usually partially presented in film and TV works. Yet the audience can still work out the whole killing scene. The underlying mechanism has been sparsely investigated. The current study explores the underlying mechanism by devising a model integrating the Killing Scenario and the concept of multimodal low-level situational metonymy. Through case studies of killing scenes in some Chinese TV series, the paper finds that multimodal situational metonymy is the underlying cognitive mechanism and can well explain how the audience construct the whole killing scenes on the basis of partial clues.


Killing scenes; Multimodal low-level situational metonymy; Chinese TV series; Killing scenarios

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