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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. Danaher,

Cognitive Poetics and Literariness: Metaphorical Analogy in Anna Karenina


Topics: Cognition;
Disciplines: Literature;

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What is cognitive poetics (CP), how has it been applied, and what is its relationship to literarines? In this article, I offer and overview of CP, in theory and practice, and examine criticisms of CP that lead to a reconsideration of its value for literary analysis. I address the question of whether CP has been, or could be, used to enhance appreciation of literariness in two ways: through an exploration of the meaning of "literariness" in terms of VĂ clav Havel's distinction between "explaining" and "understanding" and through an analysis partly grounded in but not limited to CP, of Tolstoj's use of metaphorical analogy in Anna Karenina. Along the way, I also propose standards for evaluating CP's success or failure as a tool of literary-critical analysis.

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