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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (3): 377–394.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Nancy Easterlin In what ways does literary study contribute to human knowledge, understanding, and flourishing? This introductory essay emphasizes the importance of an age-old question in the face of the devaluation of the humanities. Cognitive literary studies are well situated to address...
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Poetics Today (2001) 22 (2): 515–548.
Published: 01 June 2001
... (Bloomington: Indiana University Press). Zimmer, A., and F. Zimmer 1978 Visual Literacy in Communication: Designing for Development (Tehran and London: Hulton Educational Publishers). Zondi, Musa 1995 “Agencies Adopt Black Slang,” Sowetan , May 29. ‘‘Making the Paper Speak Well or, the Pace...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (2): 319–347.
Published: 01 June 2000
... well displace the relativistic interpretive paradigms that have dominated the humanities for the last few decades. Through a review of a number of recently published works, I assess the situation of these two fields in relation to the specific, currently reigning approaches to literary study as well...
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Poetics Today (2000) 21 (2): 393–421.
Published: 01 June 2000
...Elana Gomel This article discusses the cultural genealogy of the image of Dr. Death:the godlike surgeon with power over life and death, who uses this power to torture and mutilate. First appearing in H. G. Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), this image has become firmly associated with Nazi...
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Poetics Today (2002) 23 (4): 685–697.
Published: 01 December 2002
... typology. To achieve this purpose, the well-known systems of narrative situations in Bal 1981, 1985 [1977] and of focalization in Genette 1980 [1972] are reconciled with those of homodiegetic narration in Lanser 1981 and Füger 1993. A revised and comprehensive version of possible identity relations among...
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Poetics Today (2008) 29 (4): 735–758.
Published: 01 December 2008
... idol. Yet if one reads the letter with close attention to its composite language, in which current clichés combine with the lexis of the twenties, as well as in the context of Shalamov's predicament in the 1970s (when a work that had appeared in the samizdat had practically no chance of getting...
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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (1): 67–90.
Published: 01 March 2004
... is open to debate and interpretation, ensuring that discussions about the text's“meaning” will also take into account its physical specificity as well. Following the emphasis on media-specific analysis, nine points can be made about the specificities of electronic hypertext: they are dynamic images...
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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (2): 269–297.
Published: 01 June 2019
... of the actual world, as both various kinds of reenactments and sometimes radical forms of subjectivity have (yet again) become well-established elements of many documentary films. However, it would seem that summarily treating “hybrid” documentary films, “animated documentaries,” and “documentary games...
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Poetics Today (2016) 37 (4): 539–571.
Published: 01 December 2016
... against wishfulness. Shared literary experience, most obviously of tragedy, allows us to make such bargains not only within ourselves but with the impresarios of the shared fiction and with other members of the audience we belong to as well (as for example when we adjudicate between Addison and Johnson...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (2): 285–311.
Published: 01 June 2010
... under the name “Kate Chopin” offers an opportunity not only to gain a better understanding of the concept of implied author but also to clarify the relations (connections as well as disparities) among textual, intertextual, and extratextual evidence in literary interpretation in general. Porter...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (2): 255–288.
Published: 01 June 2011
... are significantly diminished in relationships with outgroups, as defined by sociological difference. I argue that narrative empathy is uniquely capable of circumventing the similarity bias through compositional strategies related to foregrounding and perspective. Turning to modern research on reading as well...
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Poetics Today (2010) 31 (3): 465–505.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Michael Sinding This article argues for a cognitive view of genre. Specifically, a cognitive view of categorization helps clarify how texts can participate in multiple genres—by instantiating several different genres more or less equally well and by mixing several genres. I respond to certain...
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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...
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Poetics Today (2012) 33 (1): 27–57.
Published: 01 March 2012
... not. If, as I assume, narrativizing is a typical cognitive response to scenes in our world as well as to represented scenes, an analysis of the additions in ekphrasis that narrativizes can help to explain why interpretations of events in our world can differ as much as they do. I draw examples from two novels...
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Poetics Today (2013) 34 (4): 437–518.
Published: 01 December 2013
..., the argument proceeds with special reference to these genres, as well as to the cinema’s medium, practice, and conventions in general, often citing literary parallels or precedents for comparison. It examines the different elements that serve to (re)compose the repetition structure for certain ends; the types...
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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (4): 609–625.
Published: 01 December 2004
...Kathrin Stengel An inquiry into Wittgenstein's ethics and aesthetics has to start with the following questions: Can an aesthetics and/or ethics be extracted from his philosophical texts at all? If yes, what kind of aesthetics and/or ethics does Wittgenstein offer beyond his well-known aphoristic...
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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (4): 627–651.
Published: 01 December 2004
... the ethical dimensions of the telling and those of the told as well as to the ethical positions the author invites the audience to adopt and those the audience brings with them. Demonstrating the usefulness of this approach to Robert Frost's wrenching lyric narrative “Home Burial” provides a response...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (1): 1–37.
Published: 01 March 2005
..., and, historically, the project of finding the essential difference gives way to Roman Jakobson's notion of the poetic function, dominant in poetry but available to prose as well. © 2005 by the Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics 2005 Abrams, M. H. 1953 The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (1): 39–78.
Published: 01 March 2005
... is called Internal Focalization of Awareness (IFA). IFA is found in homodiegetic as well as heterodiegetic texts, whether they feature the present tense throughout or exhibit tense alternation. It is further argued that in all forms of internal focalization, including IFA, the present tense tends to be used...
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Poetics Today (2005) 26 (1): 79–111.
Published: 01 March 2005
... of verbal humor, such as jokes. Here I look into incongruity-resolution theories of humor and certain linguistically based accounts of joking as well as the insights provided by Sperber and Wilson's theory of relevance into the type of pragmatic processing attendant on the appreciation of humor. Jokes...