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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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David S. Miall, Don Kuiken,

A feeling for fiction: becoming what we behold


Source: Poetics 30
Year: 2002
Topics: Emotion; Empathy;
Disciplines: Literature;

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Feelings during literaryreading can be characterized at four levels. First, feelings such as enjoyment, pleasure, or the satisfaction of reading are reactions to an already interpreted text [Spiel 9 (1990) 277]. While providing an incentive to sustain reading, these feelings playno significant role in the istinctivelyliteraryaspects of text interpretation. Second, feelings such as empathyor sympathywith an author, narrator, or narrative figure are involved in the interpretive processes bywhich a representation of the fictional world is developed and engaged [Poetics 23 (1994) 125]. Although serving an important mimetic role within text comprehension, these feelings, too, do not derive from the distinctivelyliteraryaspects of reading. Third, feelings of fascination, interest, or intrigue are an initial moment in readers’ response to the formal components of literarytexts (narrative, stylistic, or generic). Although serving to capture and hold readers’ attention [Poetics 22 (1994) 389], these aesthetic reactions onlyanticipate a fourth level of feeling that is the main focus of the present discussion: the modifying powers of feeling. We propose that aesthetic and narrative feelings interact to produce metaphors of personal identification that modifyself-understanding. We also argue that the concept of catharsis (the conflict of tragic feelings identified byAristotle) identifies one particular form of a more general pattern in which aesthetic and narrative feelings evoked during reading interact to modifythe reader. We illustrate these interactions with examples from two studies of readers’ responses to a Sean O’Faola´ in short story.

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