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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (1): 1–26.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Sarah Copland; James Phelan Abstract This article proposes to revise rhetorical narrative theory's model of audiences in fiction (actual, authorial, narrative, ideal narrative, and narratee) by replacing the term/concept of the ideal narrative audience with that of the ideal narratee , defined...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (3): 453–483.
Published: 01 September 2017
... : Nauka ). Historical Poetics between Russia and the West: Toward a Nonlinear Model of Literary History and Social Ontology Ilya Kliger New York University Abstract This essay explores the manner in which the persistence of literary forms in history has been addressed by the Russian...
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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (3): 447–471.
Published: 01 September 2018
... Mimesis and Paul Ricoeur’s Time and Narrative . In this article, we use Ricoeur’s tripartite model of mimesis as a catalyst for a dialogue between unnatural and cognitive approaches to narrative. In the first part, we argue that, as a form of simulation (and not just passive imitation), mimesis is best...
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Poetics Today (2021) 42 (1): 103–119.
Published: 01 March 2021
... conceptions of écriture and dissemination. Major themes concern issues of education, modeling, production-reproduction, language, the foreign, philosophical nationalism, and borders. © 2021 by Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics 2021 Derrida reproduction model border education counter...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (1): 15–33.
Published: 01 February 2017
... meaning and concepts are formed. The major models that are derived from this perspective are generally discussed under the rubrics of “interaction,” “projection,” and “blending.” Each model can be described as a “unidirectional” one, since it posits essentially that metaphor is the result of enlisting...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (1): 17–50.
Published: 01 March 2010
... to participate in a long-standing ambition to construct a world literature in the sense put forward by David Damrosch (2003: 5): “not an infinite ungraspable canon of works but rather a mode of circulation and of reading... that is applicable to individual works as to bodies of material.” The model...
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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (3): 579–596.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Erin James Highlighting a trend in current models of narrative empathy that suggests that readers’ ability to empathize with nonhuman characters is dependent wholly on anthropomorphization, this essay explores two narratives that feature chimp characters—Colin McAdam’s A Beautiful Truth and Karen...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (1): 1–32.
Published: 01 March 2000
...Brian McHale When, in 1944, William Carlos Williams defined a poem as “a small (or large) machine made of words,” he had in mind as a model for poetry the precision machines of speed and power celebrated by other modernist writers and visual artists. But this was not the only machine model current...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (3): 433–463.
Published: 01 September 2010
... in the light of the psychology of face perception and the neuroscience of the mirror neuron system. We distinguish between intensity of experience and accuracy of mental images and compare two models of reader response to descriptions: the jigsaw model (the reader constructs a mental image from items of verbal...
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Poetics Today (2006) 27 (4): 633–674.
Published: 01 December 2006
... holes and, on the level of subatomic particles, to avoid the paradoxes of quantum mechanics. In narratology, the philosophical idea of a plurality of possible worlds and the contrast between the actual and the possible provide a model of the cognitive pattern into which readers organize information...
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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...
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Poetics Today (2018) 39 (4): 703–733.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Mark J. Bruhn This article proposes an essential pragmatic adjustment to the model of bidirectionality in verbal metaphor comprehension that has been developed from Max Black’s interaction theory of metaphor, most recently in the 2017 special issue of Poetics Today titled “Bidirectionality...
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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (2): 387–414.
Published: 01 June 2022
...Hanna Meretoja; Eevastiina Kinnunen; Päivi Kosonen Abstract This article lays out the theoretical-analytic framework of narrative agency, three central dimensions of which are narrative awareness, narrative imagination, and narrative dialogicality, and presents a model of metanarrative reading...
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Poetics Today (2022) 43 (1): 27–52.
Published: 01 March 2022
... that facilitate the development of the novel's plot by way of the character's movement, perspective, or moving perspective. These considerations will be brought to bear on James Phelan's rhetorical approach to the fictional character's basic functions, also known as the mimetic-thematic-synthetic model (MTS model...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (1): 43–87.
Published: 01 March 2007
... the rhetorical model and the constructivist model in fiction studies. To illustrate autobiographical unreliability, this essay analyzes two autobiographies by Frederick Douglass in terms of intertextual unreliability and a recent Chinese autobiography in terms of extratextual (un)reliability. In both cases...
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Poetics Today (2015) 36 (4): 529–560.
Published: 01 December 2015
...). The discussion focuses on Audrey Niffenegger's Time Traveler's Wife , which has two strong claims to notice in this regard. Both have to do with the narrative's handling of a reality model that includes time travel: it charges the special features of such reality with considerably greater emotional...
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Poetics Today (2002) 23 (4): 581–609.
Published: 01 December 2002
...Marie-Laure Ryan The concept of narrative has been widely invoked by theorists of digital textuality, but the promotion of what is described as the storytelling power of the computer has often relied on shallow metaphors, loose conceptions of narrative, and literary models that ignore...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (2): 153–215.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Eyal Segal This essay explores closure in the detective story, a genre that is generally recognized as a paradigm case of strong closure and thus has a special claim to notice in a general study of narrative closure. The essay starts by outlining a theoretical model of narrative closure based...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (2): 393–412.
Published: 01 June 2017
... psychosomatic perceptual patterns which are used on all levels of speech reception in cultural and political contexts. This makes rhetorically conspicuous texts efficient as stimulus material for empirical research into neurocognitive modeling of how poetic texts are read. Adaptations as revisitations of prior...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (3): 429–451.
Published: 01 September 2017
..., the boundary rather than the center is the site of hybridization and thus literary and cultural transformation. This article argues that this model of hybridization on the border can point in the direction of a synthesis between the theoretical impulse of contemporary attempts to conceive of a world literary...