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Language − Literature − the Arts: A Cognitive-Semiotic Interface


Edited By Elżbieta Chrzanowska-Kluczewska and Olga Vorobyova

The book offers an interdisciplinary discussion of the cognitive-semiotic interface between language, literature, and the arts, with a special focus on creativity and imagination. It brings together international contributors suggesting a wide range of innovative perspectives on the correlation between verbal discourse and creative artefacts. The book reveals the specificity of such phenomena as parallax, transparency, corporeal imagination, and multimodality. Alongside interpreting artistic texts, the contributors search for cognitive and semiotic manifestations of creativity in political and everyday discourse.

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Virtual Narrative in Virginia Woolf’s “A Simple Melody”: Cognitive and Semiotic Implications (Olga Vorobyova)


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Olga Vorobyova

Kyiv National Linguistic University, Ukraine

Virtual Narrative in Virginia Woolf’s “A Simple Melody”: Cognitive and Semiotic Implications

Abstract: Addressing the notion of virtual narrative in Virginia Woolf’s short fiction, viewed as an emotionally charged mental and sensory construal used to characterise the workings of the personage’s thinking and cognising mind, this contribution enters the field of imagination studies where the fictive and the imaginary tend to fuse in their effort of construing a multifaceted fictional reality. The artistic phenomenon under study is examined here in the context of cognitive poetics and literary semiotics against the background of intermediality, multimodality, liminality and related concepts. As a manifestation of narrative cognition virtual narrative is scrutinized through the lens of the protagonist’s displaced consciousness employed as a tool of creating a narrative world through the network of isotopies and codes. The case study of Woolf’s A Simple Melody highlights the short story’s virtual narrative with a special emphasis on intermediality anchors related to music and painting, multimodality markers associated with sensory imagery and lexicon as well as numerous liminality zones that add up to the effect of narrative multidimensionality.

1. Introduction: Cognitive Poetics and Imagination Studies

Speaking of the challenges cognitive poetics as a discipline with a rapidly changing landscape would face, Peter Stockwell (2002: 173), about fifteen years ago, addressed the issue of imagination as “the core of cognitive poetics”, the workings and mysterious processes of which...

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