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Probability DesignsLiterature and Predictive Processing$
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Karin Kukkonen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190050955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190050955.001.0001

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Artificial, in the Best Sense of the Word

Artificial, in the Best Sense of the Word

(p.134) Chapter 4 Artificial, in the Best Sense of the Word
Probability Designs

Karin Kukkonen

Oxford University Press

The chapter outlines the tension between readers’ explorative inferences and the constraints of the text’s probability design. It foregrounds the ways in which the artificial nature of the designed sensory flow of the literary text, as conceived through predictive processing, invites readers to pursue multiple configurations of precision while reading. Furthermore, it suggests that these explorative inferences also account for different reading experiences when readers take up a text multiple times. The chapter then turns to discussions of readers’ horizons of expectation and the hermeneutic circle. In conversation with these earlier models of reader response in historical contexts, the chapter discusses probability designs’ invitation to flexibility, but also the resistance that they offer to readers’ sense-making efforts.

Keywords:   re-reading, horizons of expectation, hermeneutic circle, Iser-Fish debate, epistemic active inference

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