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Texts and Minds

Kwiatkowska, Alina (ed.)

Texts and Minds

Papers in Cognitive Poetics and Rhetoric

Series: Lodz Studies in Language - Volume 26

Year of Publication: 2012

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2012. 332 pp., 11 fig., num. tables and graphs
ISBN 978-3-631-62223-0 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.540 kg, 1.190 lbs

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Book synopsis

The twenty-two papers in this collection represent various cognitively-oriented approaches to the study of literary and persuasive texts. Their authors include both linguists and literary scholars, united by their interest in exploring the mental processes accompanying the creative production of meanings. Some of the papers, grouped into two broad sections – Cognitive approaches to literary thought and Aspects of cognitive rhetoric – offer new theoretical insights, and others focus on more specific aspects of verbal creativity, zooming in on concrete novels, poems, speeches and media texts. The variety of research interests and points of departure, of the subjects and materials chosen for analysis, but also of the employed methods of research shows that the developing field of cognitive poetics/rhetoric is able to accommodate a multitude of perspectives.


Contents: Zoltan Kövecses: Metaphor and poetic creativity: A cognitive-linguistic account – Paul Tenngart: Simultaneous multiple frames in Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal – Andrea Macrae: Readerly deictic shifting to and through I and you: An updated hypothesis – Magdalena Rembowska-Płuciennik: The narrative poetics of mindreading – Thomas Illum Hansen: Cognitive stylistics: Style and cognition in Mrs Dalloway – Dylan Glynn/Mette Sjölin: Cognitive-linguistic methods for literature. A usage-based approach to metanarration and metalepsis – Iwona Góralczyk: Mimesis in reporting speech. A cognitive-linguistic analysis of the narration in Wojciech Kuczok’s Gnój – Jerzy Jarniewicz: Poetry and the invisible subject – Monika Kocot: From anaphoresis to metaphoresis: Scene-graphs in Edwin Morgan’s «Message Clear» – Beata Śniecikowska: Figure/ground sensory segregation in Japanese and non-Oriental haiku – Laura Suchostawska: Blending in New Testament parables – Anna Drogosz: Darwin’s theory of evolution and the explicatory power of conceptual metaphors – Jarosław Płuciennik: The poetics of colourful logic and the literary categorization of the world – Kurt Feyaerts: The cognitive construal of creativity – Craig Hamilton: Tony Blair’s cognitive rhetoric – Stéphanie Bonnefille: Obama’s and Sarkozy’s remarks at the U.N.’s Climate Change summit: A contest between figurative and literal language? – Serhiy Potapenko: Modest or determined? Cognitive-rhetorical analysis of the effects of President Obama’s inaugural and congressional speech – Olaf Jäkel: No, they can’t… translate President Obama into German: A case study in critical cognitive linguistics – Elżbieta Tabakowska: Rhetoric: «the most valuable gift of gods» or «the art of deception»? – Aleksander Gomola: Cognitive mechanisms at work and their perlocutionary effect in Catholic preaching. A case study – Nadine Lucas: Stylistic devices in the news, as related to topic recognition – Agata Hołobut: The poetics of design.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Alina Kwiatkowska is Professor at the University of Łódź, head of the Department of Semantics and Linguistic Semiotics. Both her PhD dissertation and her Habilitation thesis were cognitively oriented, exploring issues on the borderline of linguistics, literature studies and cognitive psychology. During her term as President of the Polish chapter of the Cognitive Linguistics Association, she organized a number of international conferences, including notably the 2010 conference on Cognitive Poetics and Rhetoric. Her current research interests include cognitive poetics, linguistic and visual semiotics, and especially the various aspects of the visual-verbal interface. She teaches courses on semantics, stylistics, and semiotics, cognitive linguistics, and media language.


Łódź Studies in Language. Vol. 26
Edited by Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk