A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel

Hardcover | April 17, 2017

byKarin Kukkonen

not yet rated|write a review
This study provides an introduction to the neoclassical debates around how literature is shaped in concert with the thinking and feeling human mind. Three key rules of neoclassicism, namely, poetic justice (the rewards and punishments of characters in the plot), the unities (the coherence ofthe fictional world and its extensions through the imagination) and decorum (the inferential connections between characters and their likely actions), are reconsidered in light of social cognition, embodied cognition and probabilistic, predictive cognition. The meeting between neoclassical criticismand today's research psychology, neurology and philosophy of mind yields a new perspective for cognitive literary study.Neoclassicism has a crucial contribution to make to current debates around the role of literature in cultural and cognition. Literary critics writing at the time of the scientific revolution developed a perspective on literature the question of how literature engages minds and bodies as its centralconcern. A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics traces the cognitive dimension of these critical debates in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Britain and puts them into conversation with today's cognitive approaches to literature.Neoclassical theory is then connected to the praxis of eighteenth-century writers in a series of case studies that trace how these principles shaped the emerging narrative form of the novel. The continuing relevance of neoclassicism also shows itself in the rise of the novel, as A Prehistory ofCognitive Poetics illustrates through examples including Pamela, Tom Jones and the Gothic novel.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$81.50

Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

This study provides an introduction to the neoclassical debates around how literature is shaped in concert with the thinking and feeling human mind. Three key rules of neoclassicism, namely, poetic justice (the rewards and punishments of characters in the plot), the unities (the coherence ofthe fictional world and its extensions throug...

Karin Kukkonen is Associate Professor in Comparative Literature at the University of Oslo. She is a specialist in cognitive approaches to literature and narratology. She has published on comics and graphic novels (Contemporary Comics Storytelling, 2013), embodied and probabilistic cognitive approaches to literary narrative, as well as ...

other books by Karin Kukkonen

Studying Comics and Graphic Novels
Studying Comics and Graphic Novels

Kobo ebook|Jun 28 2013

$28.99

A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel
A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and th...

Kobo ebook|Mar 6 2017

$58.39$72.99list pricesave 20%
Contemporary Comics Storytelling
Contemporary Comics Storytelling

Hardcover|Oct 1 2013

$70.55$82.50list pricesave 14%
see all books by Karin Kukkonen
Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 17, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190634766

ISBN - 13:9780190634766

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel

Reviews