The Storyteller's Memory Palace: A Method of Interpretation Based on the Function of Memory Systems in Literature- Geoffrey Chaucer, by Hanne BewernickThe Storyteller's Memory Palace: A Method of Interpretation Based on the Function of Memory Systems in Literature- Geoffrey Chaucer, by Hanne Bewernick

The Storyteller's Memory Palace: A Method of Interpretation Based on the Function of Memory Systems…

byHanne Bewernick

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Storytelling and remembering rely on similar practices: they both arrange images in an ordered structure. A story is initially memorised by the author in a mental structure which is transferred to the page via the author’s choice of location, organisation and imagery. An interpretation that emphasises these features enhances the natural capacity for comprehension by mimicking the memory process. This study describes and uncovers memory systems (including the memory palace and the memory journey) in medieval texts. The ancient memory techniques are compared to cognitive psychology and used to interpret four modern novels. A practical method of interpretation is devised which provides the reader with direct access to a story by opening the door into the storyteller’s memory palace.
The Author: Hanne Bewernick was born in Flensburg in 1968. She studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge and Medieval Studies at the University of London. After fifteen years in England, she returned to Germany in order to write her doctoral thesis. She works as a freelance editor and lectures at the University of Flens...
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Title:The Storyteller's Memory Palace: A Method of Interpretation Based on the Function of Memory Systems…Format:PaperbackDimensions:8.27 × 5.51 × 0.68 inPublished:May 17, 2010Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9783631604700

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Contents: Literary interpretation – The memory palace – Memory systems from Antiquity – The classical art of memory – Memory function – Cognitive psychology – Literary theory – Medieval epic poem – Medieval culture – The modern novel – Comparative study – Visualisation – Backgrounds and images.