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Cognitive Poetics

A New Introduction, 2nd Edition

By Peter Stockwell


272 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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A pioneering text in its first edition, this revised publication of Cognitive Poetics offers a rigorous and principled approach to literary reading and analysis.

The second edition of this seminal text features:

• updated theory, frameworks and examples throughout, including new explanations of literary meaning, the power of reading, literary force and emotion;

• extended examples of literary texts from Old English to contemporary literature, covering genres including religious, realist, romantic, science fictional, and surrealist texts, and encompassing poetry, prose and drama;

• new chapters on the mind-modelling of character, the building of text-worlds, the feeling of immersion and ambience, and the resonant power of emotion in literature;

• fully updated and accessible accounts of Cognitive Grammar, deictic shifts, prototypicality, conceptual framing and metaphor in literary reading.

Encouraging the reader to adopt a fresh approach to understanding literature and literary analyses, each chapter introduces a different framework within cognitive poetics and relates it back to a literary text. Accessibly written and reader-focused, the book invites further explorations either individually or within a classroom setting.

This thoroughly revised edition of Cognitive Poetics includes an expanded further reading section and updated explorations and discussion points, making it essential reading for students on literary theory and stylistics courses, as well as a fundamental tool for those studying critical theory, linguistics and literary studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Body, Mind and Literature
  2. Figures and Grounds
  3. Prototypicality
  4. Texture and Resonance
  5. Cognitive Deixis and Projection
  6. Cognitive Grammar
  7. Scripts, Schemas and Frames
  8. Metaphor and Metonymy
  9. Text Worlds
  10. Blending and Compression
  11. Emotion
  12. Neural Effects
  13. Mind-Modelling
  14. Directions and Connections for Cognitive Poetics
  15. Key readings


About the Author

Peter Stockwell is Professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General