Experiencing Fictional Worlds

ORCID logoBenedict Neurohr | University of Nottingham
ORCID logoLizzie Stewart-Shaw | University of Nottingham
ISBN 9789027202017 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027263032 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Experiencing Fictional Worlds is not only the title of this book, but a challenge to reveal exactly what makes the “experience” of literature. This volume presents contributions drawing upon a range of theories and frameworks based on the text-as-world metaphor. This text-world approach is fruitfully applied to a wide variety of text types, from poetry to genre-specific prose to children’s story-books.

This book investigates how fictional worlds are built and updated, how context affects the conceptualisation of text-worlds, and how emotions are elicited in these processes. The diverse analyses of this volume apply and develop approaches such as Text World Theory, reader-response studies, and pedagogical stylistics, among other broader cognitive and linguistic frameworks. Experiencing Fictional Worlds aligns with other cutting-edge research on language conceptualisation in fields including cognitive linguistics, stylistics, narratology, and literary criticism. This volume will be relevant to anyone with interests in language and literature.

[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 32] 2019.  xiii, 228 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

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DSA: Literary theory

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LIT006000: LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
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