Towards a theory of reading in the age of cognitive science: cross-disciplinary perspectives on narrative from stylistics and psychology

Emmott, C. , Sanford, A.J. and Morrow, L.I. (2003) Towards a theory of reading in the age of cognitive science: cross-disciplinary perspectives on narrative from stylistics and psychology. Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures, 1 (New, pp. 17-29.

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Abstract

This article combines theories and methodologies from Stylistics and Psychology in order to offer new perspectives on the processes underlying the reading of narrative. Within the frameworks of Cognitive Science and the developing area of Cognitive Stylistics, we describe the work of the Glasgow LINCS Project (Literature, Narrative and Cognitive Science: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Nature of Reading). We discuss three topics which we are currently investigating: (i) stylistic foregrounding and the mind-style of characters (ii) attention-controlling devices and plot inferences and (iii) unreliable focalization and double perspectives. We explain how we are using insights from our stylistic examination of a wide range of literary and non-literary texts to provide the basis for designing empirical tests that will show how readers respond to the style and narrative structure of these texts.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Morrow, Dr Lorna and Sanford, Professor Anthony and Emmott, Dr Catherine
Authors: Emmott, C., Sanford, A.J., and Morrow, L.I.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures
ISSN:1376-2958

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