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Poetics Today (2002) 23 (1): 43–62.
Published: 01 March 2002
...Ellen Spolsky Rather than denying the insights of post-structuralist theory, literary interpretation and theory with an evolutionary cognitive perspective actually nestles nicely within a central niche of deconstructionist thinking, that is,the critique of representation. What we learn from recent...
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Poetics Today (2002) 23 (2): 361–362.
Published: 01 June 2002
... Context (London: Routledge). Marie-Laure Ryan, ed., Cyberspace Textuality: Computer Technology and Literary Theory. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, vii + pp. This collection of essays contributes to the field of hypertext and cyber- culture studies, which has developed in parallel with the...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (3): 519–548.
Published: 01 September 2017
... dialectology, associationist psychology, and avant-garde ideology. This is in contrast to claims that Russian formalism was from the start inspired by Saussurean structuralism. Separating the foundations of modern literary theory from a structuralist paradigm allows us to disassociate the formalists' original...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (4): 539–559.
Published: 01 December 2020
... primary case. This reading studies the novel through three conceptual problems in literary theory: the author as the site of the creative process, the use of language as an expression of an author’s literary technique, and the conditions for literary enunciation. It also demonstrates the strengths and...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (1): 1–36.
Published: 01 March 2020
... — this introduction outlines various connections between literary formalism and formal logic. It surveys historical interactions and reciprocal influences between literary and logical writers from antiquity through the twentieth century, and it examines how literary theory and criticism have been...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (1): 113–139.
Published: 01 March 2005
... critics against the backdrop of challenges to that agency by market culture and structuralist literary theory. © 2005 by the Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics 2005 Auerbach, Erich 1957 Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature , translated by Willard Trask (New York...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (2): 235–253.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Blakey Vermeule In an important book of evolutionary literary theory, William Flesch argues that we tell stories to exercise our sense of moral outrage. In this essay I try to spell out some of the consequences of his view. First I give an overview of his argument. Then I revisit a major work of...
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Poetics Today (2016) 37 (1): 29–53.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Asiya Bulatova From its first publication in 1923, Viktor Shklovsky's book Zoo, or Letters Not about Love has been discussed as a text that takes up a borderline position between literature and literary theory. The fact that the book was written and first published in Berlin ensured its place in...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (3): 503–519.
Published: 01 September 2000
...Jonathan Culler The notion of the performative—an utterance that accomplishes the act that it designates—was proposed by the philosopher J. L. Austin to describe a type of utterance neglected by philosophers. This article follows the vicissitudes of the concept in literary and cultural theory to...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (2): 289–321.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Miranda Burgess This essay explores two approaches to affect in literary theory. The first of these approaches locates affect in discrete bodies and persons. The second views affect as a phenomenon anterior to the distinction of persons: a flow of energy among bodies as well as between bodies and...
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Poetics Today (2012) 33 (2): 241–244.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Eyal Segal New Books at a Glance Nele Bemong, Pieter Borghart, Michel De Dobbeleer, Kristoffel Demoen, Koen De Temmerman, and Bart Keunen, eds., Bakhtin’s Theory of the Literary Chronotope: Reflections, Applications, Perspectives. Gent: Academia, 2010. v + 213 pp. This volume is...
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Poetics Today (2012) 33 (3-4): 490–495.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Eyal Segal Carroll Joseph , Reading Human Nature: Literary Darwinism in Theory and Practice . New York : State University of New York Press , 2011 . xvi + 352 pp. © 2013 by Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics 2013 New Books at a Glance Marina Grishakova and Marie...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (2): 368–370.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Eyal Segal Jonathan Culler, The Literary in Theory . Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press , 2007 . xi + 276 pp . Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics 2010 New Books at a Glance Rebecca Beasley, Theorists of Modernist Poetry: T. S. Eliot, T. E. Hulme, Ezra Pound...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (3): 485–518.
Published: 01 September 2017
... Historical Poetics and the morphological method have at different points been accused of favoring atomizing analysis over aesthetic appreciation. This putative inability to grasp the work of art as a totality is a taint that literary theory inherited from nineteenth-century philology, whose mission was...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (2): 215–234.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Rita Felski The hermeneutics of suspicion is a term coined by Paul Ricoeur to describe the practice of reading texts against the grain to expose their repressed or hidden meanings. This essay examines the distinctive features of such a hermeneutics as they have shaped literary theory and criticism...
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Poetics Today (2021) 42 (2): 131–147.
Published: 01 June 2021
... phenomenon evolves in the intersections among media developments, literary trends, and social practices. By bringing together scholars from literary theory, media studies, aesthetics, anthropology, psychology, and linguistics, the special issue explores different perspectives on how the technological...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (3): 453–483.
Published: 01 September 2017
... the present. © 2017 by Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics 2017 Historical Poetics Marxist literary theory persistence of forms References Ahmad Aijaz 2008 [1986] “Jameson's Rhetoric of Otherness and the ‘National Allegory.’” In In Theory: Classes, Nations...
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Poetics Today (2003) 24 (2): 207–236.
Published: 01 June 2003
...). This essay draws out the implications of Richards's approach to cognitive literary studies for our work on poetic metaphor. In the section entitled “A Gestalt Approach to Poetry” we develop and incorporate his Interaction Theory of Metaphor into our Gestalt-Interaction Theory of Metaphor, applying it...
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Poetics Today (2003) 24 (2): 191–205.
Published: 01 June 2003
... Measure,” Shakespeare Quarterly 49 (3): 269 -92. Crane, Mary, and Alan Richardson 1999 “Literary Studies and Cognitive Science: Toward a New Interdisciplinarity,” Mosaic 32 (2): 123 -40. Easterlin, Nancy 1999 “Making Knowledge:Bioepistemology and the Foundations of Literary Theory...
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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (1): 183–199.
Published: 01 February 2018
...Virginia Pignagnoli As we enter a new literary period succeeding postmodernism, the models and methods of our theories are called into question vis-à-vis their ability to effectively frame the formal features describing contemporary literary narratives. The article surveys current discussions of...