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A Prehistory of Cognitive PoeticsNeoclassicism and the Novel$
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Karin Kukkonen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190634766

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634766.001.0001

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Explorations in the Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics

(p.218) Conclusion
A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics

Karin Kukkonen

Oxford University Press

This chapter suggests how the neoclassical approach, after its demise at the hands of the Romantics, can live on in today’s cognitive poetics and cognitive literary study. The core principle of vraisemblance is proposed as a conceptualization for a cognitive mimesis that depends both on imitation (or enactment) of the cognitive processes represented and on their structuration in the narrative’s overall design. Neoclassical vraisemblance thus enables literature to be seen as an instrument of exploration through different choices in its situational logic. This logic nevertheless remains precise and can be analyzed, for example, through the neoclassical rules. These rules, it is suggested, can be considered as exemplary cases for bringing together cultural and cognitive dimensions of literature.

Keywords:   vraisemblance, cognitive mimesis, Wolfgang Iser, literary anthropology, culture and cognition

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