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A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel

Karin Kukkonen

Abstract

This book argues that the neoclassical critical tradition of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with its cognitive perspective on the workings of literature, constitutes a key chapter in the prehistory of current cognitive approaches to literature. It argues for an understanding of neoclassical criticism as a debate (and not a dogma). As the neoclassical critics considered vraisemblance, that is, the designed mimesis of a work of art, they integrated both cultural and cognitive aspects; this makes them a valuable partner in conversation with today’s cognitive poetics. The continued rele ... More

Keywords: neoclassicism, eighteenth-century novels, cognitive poetics, cognitive literary study, vraisemblance, literary history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190634766
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634766.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karin Kukkonen, author
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Oslo