In this volume, Gronas addresses the full range of psychological, social, and historical issues that bear on the mnemonic existence of modern literary works, particularly Russian literature. He focuses on the mnemonic processes involved in literary creativity, and the question of how our memories of past reading experiences shape the ways in which we react to literary works. The book also examines the concrete mnemonic qualities of poetry, as well as the social uses to which poetry memorization has historically been put to use. This study will appeal to scholars of cognitive poetics, Russian literature, and cultural studies.
Note on Transliteration and Translations Acknowledgments Introduction 1: Mnemonic Critics: Conceptual Metaphor in Literary Judgments 2: Mnemonic Readers: The Literary Canon and Mnemonic Survival 3: Mnemonic Lines: The Social Uses of Memorized Poetry 4: Mnemonic Poets: The Tip-of-the-Tongue State, the Saussurean Anagram, and Mechanisms of Mnemonic Creativity Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index