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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (3): 433–463.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Elspeth Jajdelska; Christopher Butler; Steve Kelly; Allan McNeill; Katie Overy Vividness is used in a range of senses which often conflate the intensity of an experience with the accuracy of mental images. In this article we consider the vividness of responses to literary descriptions of faces...
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Poetics Today (2008) 29 (3): 437–472.
Published: 01 September 2008
...David Herman Description, narrative , and explanation can be viewed both as cognitive activities and as forms of communication, that is, text types embedded within sociocultural, institutional, and discipline-specific histories of practice. I relate these three text-type categories to research...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (3): 561–590.
Published: 01 September 2000
...” often appears to make sense locally, inviting the reader to expect to make global sense of the poem. Instead, one encounters an intractable flux of verbal “found objects,” shifting styles and registers, teasing literary allusions and echoes, fragmentary narrative episodes and descriptive scenes. How...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (3): 591–618.
Published: 01 September 2000
...Uri Margolin This article aims to provide a definition, description, and typology of collective narrative agents and of collective narratives. A collective narrative agent occurs in a given narrative if three conditions are satisfied:(a) the argument position in numerous narrative propositions...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (2): 313–329.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Jonas Grethlein In Time and Narrative , Paul Ricoeur argues that narrative reconfigures human time. While the link between narrative and the temporal character of human experience is very plausible, Ricoeur's description of the reconfiguration of time remains rather vague and does not deal...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (4): 721–785.
Published: 01 December 2010
..., narrative is not defined by incongruity and superiority (although it can create those effects). An intentionalist description of narrative humor—the composite concept— now emerges: humor is narrative when it creates and/or exploits incongruity and superiority relations between the participants (“agents...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (4): 619–662.
Published: 01 December 2011
... twentiethcentury literarycritical responses to Shelley’s poetics, especially as enacted in his 1820 ode “To a Sky-Lark.” These diverge in their evaluations of the poem, but they nevertheless converge in their descriptive accounts of the peculiar cognitive effect primed by Shelley’s complexly metaphoric verse...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (2): 175–207.
Published: 01 June 2005
... borders determined by the inherent character of specific events rather than as subjective borders determined by the way an event is experienced. In this essay I propose a different model. Taking as my example the work of Emily Dickinson—a poet whose descriptions of psychic distress, often presumed...
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Poetics Today (2013) 34 (1-2): 1–52.
Published: 01 June 2013
... and point of the strange mixture, the article’s final section argues against the scholarly attempts to split ekphrasis between “literary description” and “art critical interpretation.” Rather, literary ekphrastic texts, which Durcan’s brilliantly exemplifies, sometimes combine the two roles. They re-present...
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Poetics Today (2013) 34 (1-2): 177–231.
Published: 01 June 2013
...Daniel Candel Bormann This article presents a tool of literary analysis developed by the author as an alternative to existing possible world theories (PWT). The aim is to create links between the latter’s neutral, descriptive accuracy and more value-laden approaches with an eye to both research...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (1): 107–125.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Paul Grimstad In his essay “The Philosophy of Composition” (1846), Edgar Allan Poe describes how he composed his lyric poem “The Raven” by following a series of predetermined steps. My essay shows how Poe's description of composition as rule following both has suggestive affinities...
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Poetics Today (2008) 29 (3): 473–523.
Published: 01 September 2008
... of literary works. This is followed by a study of early contributions to the public controversy over The Satanic Verses , in which Lena Jayyusi's analysis of moral action descriptions is used to draw attention to commentators' ideological attempts to structure this novel as a speech-like action carried out...
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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (2): 171–203.
Published: 01 June 2004
...) explicit descriptions of feelings in response to situations and events in the text, (2) blurred boundaries between oneself and the narrator of the text, and (3) active and iterative modification of an emergent affective theme. The self-modifying feelings characteristic of expressive enactment give...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (2): 255–272.
Published: 01 June 2017
... vivid images occur when fictional acts of seeing force readers to shift from action-oriented visualization to object visualization. Some pertinent examples of these close-up, focalized descriptions of perception are discussed, which encourage substituting the automatic default mode with a more conscious...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (2): 273–293.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Naomi Rokotnitz This article contributes to studies of the heuristic, metacognitive, and social values of literary works by interrogating ways literary description can induce experiential involvement in the reading process through mobilizing what the neuropsychologists Maria Vandekerckhove and Jaak...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (3): 453–483.
Published: 01 September 2017
... Lukács, Walter Benjamin, Fredric Jameson). The discussion is in part descriptive and in part programmatic: a reconstruction that does not pretend to do full justice to any one of these thinkers independently but strives to outline a field, the various inflections of which produce complementary...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (3): 549–568.
Published: 01 September 2017
..., embodied, and engaged. This article uses the term social mind to describe those aspects of the whole mind that are revealed through the externalist perspective. It applies the concept of a social mind to descriptions of crowd behavior in Walter Scott's Heart of Midlothian , Thomas Macaulay's History...
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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (2): 225–243.
Published: 01 June 2018
... of rhetorical and performative understandings of ekphrasis that can augment theoretical conceptualizations and bring them into line with the participatory and hybrid practices of ekphrasis today. Increasingly, what used to be a central aim of ekphrasis — the description of an artwork — has been replaced...
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Poetics Today (2021) 42 (3): 361–380.
Published: 01 September 2021
... a new reading of the Republic 's examination of poetry, trying to show that Plato's account of the effects of poetry on the listeners’ souls resonates with current cognitive approaches. Equipped with this reading, it then turns to Ricoeur again. Ricoeur's description of mimesis III, the reader's...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (1): 221–262.
Published: 01 March 2000
... actually precedes and helps produce meaning. I suggest, for example, that the surprising “shatter” in Milton's “Lycidas” (“I come to / Shatter your leaves...) is a distortion of the more common scatter , and that Shakespeare's description of “boughs which shake against the cold, / Bare ruined choirs...