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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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Literature as a Designer Environment

Literature as a Designer Environment

(p.159) Chapter 2 Literature as a Designer Environment
Probability Designs

Karin Kukkonen

Oxford University Press

The chapter asks in what sense literature can be considered a designer environment. It discusses in particular the role that language, narrative, and fiction play in extending cognitive capacities along the model of a co-evolution between culture and cognition. Foundational accounts of co-evolution are reevaluated from the point of view of cultural critique, as the chapter addresses limitations and proposes adjustments for the case of literature. Probability designs are linked to the argument that fiction emerges as texts give form to the imaginary and release the real from referential constraints. Rather than problem solving and parsing of information, cases that are usually discussed for literary designer environments, it is argued, extend thought beyond the everyday in terms of flexibility and reflexiveness.

Keywords:   designer environment, co-evolution, fictionality, Wolfgang Iser, narrative, language

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