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Texture - A Cognitive Aesthetics of Reading

Peter Stockwell


This book represents the latest advances in cognitive poetics. It builds feeling and embodied experience on to the insights into meaningfulness that the cognitive approach to literature has achieved in recent years. Taking key familiar concepts such as characterisation, tone, empathy, and identification, the book aims to describe the natural experience of literary reading in a thorough and principled way. It draws on stylistics, psycholinguistics, critical theory and neurology to explore the nature of reading verbal art. The aim is a new cognitive aesthetics of literature for its readers.

Keywords: cognitive poetics, feeling, embodied experience, meaningfulness, tone, empathy, identification, literary reading, stylistics, psycholinguistics

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748625819
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625819.001.0001


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Peter Stockwell, author

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