Cognitive Poetics

Cognitive Poetics : A New Introduction

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A pioneering text in its first edition, this revised publication of Cognitive Poetics offers a rigorous and principled approach to literary reading and analysis.

The second edition of this seminal text features:

* updated theory, frameworks and examples throughout, including new explanations of literary meaning, the power of reading, literary force and emotion;

* extended examples of literary texts from Old English to contemporary literature, covering genres including religious, realist, romantic, science fictional, and surrealist texts, and encompassing poetry, prose and drama;

* new chapters on the mind-modelling of character, the building of text-worlds, the feeling of immersion and ambience, and the resonant power of emotion in literature;

* fully updated and accessible accounts of Cognitive Grammar, deictic shifts, prototypicality, conceptual framing and metaphor in literary reading.

Encouraging the reader to adopt a fresh approach to understanding literature and literary analyses, each chapter introduces a different framework within cognitive poetics and relates it back to a literary text. Accessibly written and reader-focused, the book invites further explorations either individually or within a classroom setting.

This thoroughly revised edition of Cognitive Poetics includes an expanded further reading section and updated explorations and discussion points, making it essential reading for students on literary theory and stylistics courses, as well as a fundamental tool for those studying critical theory, linguistics and literary studies.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 22 Line drawings, black and white; 22 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138781363
  • 9781138781368

Table of contents

Introduction: Body, Mind and Literature

Figures and Grounds


Texture and Resonance

Cognitive Deixis and Projection

Cognitive Grammar

Scripts, Schemas and Frames

Metaphor and Metonymy

Text Worlds

Blending and Compression


Neural Effects


Directions and Connections for Cognitive Poetics

Key readings

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About Peter Stockwell

Peter Stockwell is Professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, UK.
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