Cognitive Poetics: Goals, Gains and Gaps (Applications of by Geert Brone, Jeroen Vandaele

By Geert Brone, Jeroen Vandaele

This quantity bargains a cutting-edge number of reports within the quickly turning out to be interdisciplinary box of cognitive poetics. In coupling cognitive linguistics and poetics, cognitive poeticians goal to supply cognitive readings of literary texts. by means of bringing jointly key avid gamers and critics in a environment of interdisciplinary discussion, this quantity captures the objectives, earnings and gaps of this rising box.

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Although I have so far referred to the “text world” of Ovid’s story and the “text world” of Mrs Midas, those worlds, like fictional worlds generally, are better seen as “universes”, consisting of multiple worlds. e. they are desired, imagined, etc. by characters. In Mrs Midas, for example, the husband’s acquisition of the gold touch occurs in the actual domain, while the woman only gives Text worlds 47 birth to a “golden” child in a dream world. Possible-worlds theorists have produced useful typologies of fictional worlds by exploring the potential variation in the internal structure of text worlds (I will continue to use this term for simplicity’s sake), and their relationship with the actual world.

That was the last straw. What gets me now is not the idiocy or greed but lack of thought for me. Pure selfishness. I sold the contents of the house and came down here. I think of him in certain lights, dawn, late afternoon, and once a bowl of apples stopped me dead. I miss most, even now, his hands, his warm hands on my skin, his touch. (Duffy 1999: 11–13)3 The title of the poem presents the poetic speaker as the wife of Midas, the well-known mythological character who was granted the wish of turning to gold everything he touched, only to discover that, as a result of his new power, he could no longer eat or drink.

Building on earlier models (notably Doleˇzel 1976), Ryan has suggested that Text worlds 49 texts project “universes” or systems of worlds, where a world functioning as the “actual” domain is surrounded by a variety of alternative possible worlds that primarily correspond to the beliefs, desires, obligations and dreams of characters. ) has proposed four main types of “sub-worlds” or “private” worlds, namely: – Knowledge/belief worlds: alternative versions of the actual domain that a character believes to be true; – Obligation worlds: alternative versions of the actual domain that a character feels obliged to bring about or prevent as a consequence of his or her moral principles or awareness of social rules; – Wish worlds: alternative versions of the actual domain that a character wishes to realise in order to fulfil his or her desires, or those of a group he or she belongs to; – Fantasy worlds: alternative versions of the actual domain that a character dreams, fantasizes or hallucinates about; these also include fictions invented by characters.

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