Cognitive Poetics: An Introduction by Peter Stockwell

By Peter Stockwell

Cognitive poetics is a brand new state of mind approximately literature, concerning the appliance of cognitive linguistics and psychology to literary texts. This publication is the 1st introductory textual content to this turning out to be box. In Cognitive Poetics: An Introduction, the reader is inspired to reassess the kinds used to appreciate literary analyzing and research. masking a variety of literary genres and ancient classes, the ebook encompasses either American and eu ways. each one bankruptcy explores a unique cognitive-poetic framework and relates it to a literary textual content. together with a variety of actions, dialogue issues, feedback for extra studying and a glossarial index, the e-book is either interactive and hugely obtainable. Cognitive Poetics: An Introduction is key analyzing for college students on stylistics and literary-linguistic classes, and may be of curiosity to all these all for literary reviews, serious concept and linguistics.

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Are the latter somehow less literary? Consider the subjective nature of perceiving figure and ground, and paying attention. Can you list the ways in which a text might encourage or ‘cue’ particular patterns of attention and inhibit others? How far do you think your literary training up to now has altered your capacity for attention? How might you apply the ideas above in a close stylistic analysis of literature? Choose a poem, for example, in which the topic and setting, or the location, or the prepositional structure seem important, and examine the poem in terms of figure and ground.

Because of the ambiguous reference illustrated above, and because of the reversal and identification of hill-stone and mankind, by this point figure and ground, stone and man, have merged as a single, fused, identical trajector. A point about people, landscape, roots and industry, and the hardness of hierarchy and work has been powerfully made. However, in the last few lines, the poem delivers what is its wonderful final reversal. A different image schema, AGAINST, has already been placed into the poem.

Frankenstein is also a character in the novel, and there are other characters who also narrate parts of the story, either in the form of direct speech or by having their letters reproduced. The monster that Frankenstein creates is a further embedded narrator when he recounts his own part of the story, at the centre of the novel. We can see that some of the categories in the diagram can overlap, but it is still useful to see where different roles are being enacted. In autobiography, for example, implied author and narrator and extrafictional voice can overlap.

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