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Grazia Pulvirenti, Renata Gambino, The paradox of Romantic ekphrasis. Metacritic discourse, perception and imagination in art descripti

Ekphrasis is a text genre based on the intertwining of visual and verbal features, involving the processes of both reading, and priming a visual image or a related action. We argue in this study that...

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Peter Stockwell,

The cognitive poetics of literary resonance

Source: Language and Cognition 1–1
Year: 2009

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The application of cognitive science to literary scholarship in the form of a cognitive poetics o¤ers the opportunity for accounting for many features of literary reading that have been rendered only in vague or impressionistic terms in the past. In this paper, an argument for cognitive poetics is made, with a focus on the a¤ective and experiential phenomenon of resonance. This is modelled through cognitivist work on the field of attention and perception, to give a particularly literary-angled approach. The argument is exemplified with reference to a Shakespeare sonnet and then further demonstrated in a poem by Dylan Thomas, where the notion of a lacuna is developed to account for the phenomenon of ‘‘felt absence’’. The paper concludes with observations on the role of cognitive poetics in relation to cognitive science, literary criticism, and in its own right. Keywords attention, cognitive poetics, lacuna, literature, negation, poetry, resonance, Shakespeare, stylistics, Thomas (Dylan)


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