The sixth conference of the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature, or IGEL, was held in August 1998 in Utrecht, Holland. The conference brought together a wide range of scholars concerned with understanding the place and role of literature in its social, historical, psychological, linguistic, and other dimensions, and who seek to advance our knowledge through empirical methods or more effective theoretical perspectives that may lead to empirical research. This special issue is based on papers from this conference, and represents just a small part of its rich variety.
Volume 28, Number 2, 1999
Contents: D.S. Miall, Introduction. G. Steen, Genres of Discourse and the Definition of Literature. D.S. Miall, D. Kuiken, What Is Literariness? Three Components of Literary Reading. Y. Shen, N. Balaban, Metaphorical (In)Coherence in Discourse. T. Barney, Readers as Text Processors and Performers: A New Formula for Poetic Intonation. E. Konijn, Spotlight on Spectators: Emotions in the Theatre.