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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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Grazia Pulvirenti, Renata Gambino,

Imagination as Poetics of Cognition


Source: Enthymema, 8
Year: 2013
Topics: Embodied Mind; Cognition;
Disciplines: Literature;

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Our work is based on the hypothesis of an existing interconnection between symbolic-metaphoric elements of the literary text and a series of mind patterns. These compress percep-tion and experience through the emergent process of conceptual blending triggering the seman-tic process during the creative act of poiesis. This enquiry focuses on the use of a peculiar rhetor-ical figure in an exemplary literary text of the famous German poet Goethe. We will try to point out the allegorical function of the scene dedicated to the «Mothers’ Kingdom», in his Faust II, as a powerful poetical meta-reflection on imagination, cognition and poetics itself.

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