Cognitive Poetics: An Introduction by Peter Stockwell

By Peter Stockwell

Cognitive poetics is a brand new mind set approximately literature, related to the applying of cognitive linguistics and psychology to literary texts. This e-book is the 1st introductory textual content to this turning out to be box. In Cognitive Poetics: An Introduction, the reader is inspired to reconsider the kinds used to appreciate literary examining and research. protecting a variety of literary genres and old classes, the e-book encompasses either American and ecu ways. every one bankruptcy explores a special cognitive-poetic framework and relates it to a literary textual content. together with a number of actions, dialogue issues, feedback for additional interpreting and a glossarial index, the booklet is either interactive and hugely obtainable. Cognitive Poetics: An Introduction is key studying for college kids on stylistics and literary-linguistic classes, and should be of curiosity to all these interested in literary reviews, severe thought and linguistics.

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The rest of this chapter will present a means of understanding these sorts of choices. Prototypes Try this magic trick to amaze your friends. Folding a square of paper, write down the words ‘apple’ and ‘orange’ on each half. Then hide this, and ask the person next to you quickly to name you an example of a fruit. When they say either ‘apple’ or ‘orange’ (as they almost certainly will), you can produce the half of the paper with the same word on, taking care to keep your hand over the other word.

You can test this by considering which is more ‘fruity’: potatoes or cabbages? Both are obviously not good examples of fruit, but it is likely that you will be able to pick one of these, and even give reasons: cabbage, because it grows above the ground, and is commonly eaten raw; or potato, because it is round and self-contained, and is more fleshy than a cabbage, and so on. Effects such as this have been observed in a range of experimental studies, especially focusing on how people classify elements at the fuzzy boundaries of categories: where flat cups blend into high-sided bowls, or low chairs become small tables, or bluey-green becomes greeny-blue.

These stages can be seen as analogous to the process of the literary reading experience. A recognition of the literary text in its entirety is an act of interpretation – a holistic understanding of the literary work that begins in our culture even before we begin to read the actual text. This act of interpretation, or primary understanding, is what all readers do when encountering literature, when the experience is ongoing and as yet unexpressed. As soon as readers become aware of what they are doing, this more analytical stage of recognition can be differentiated as reading.

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