Experiencing Fictional Worlds

| University of Nottingham
| University of Nottingham
ISBN 9789027202017 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027263032 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Chapter 1. Introduction
Benedict Neurohr and Lizzie Stewart-Shaw
Part 1. Foundations of fictional worlds
Chapter 2. Immersion and emergence in children’s literature
Peter Stockwell
Chapter 3. A predictive coding approach to Text World Theory
Benedict Neurohr
Chapter 4. World-building as cognitive feedback loop
Ernestine Lahey
Part 2. Forming fictional worlds
Chapter 5. Experiencing horrible worlds
Lizzie Stewart-Shaw
Chapter 6. Framing the narrative: The “fictive publisher” as a bridge builder between intra- and extratextual world
Natalia Igl
Chapter 7. Constructing inferiority through comic characterisation: Self-deprecating humour and cringe comedy in High Fidelity and Bridget Jones’s Diary
Agnes Marszalek
Chapter 8. Cognitive grammar and reconstrual: Re-experiencing Margaret Atwood’s “The Freeze-Dried Groom”
Chloe Harrison and Louise Nuttall
Part 3. Fictional worlds in context
Chapter 9. Immersive reading and the unnatural text-worlds of “Dead Fish”
Jessica Norledge
Chapter 10. Experiencing literature in the poetry classroom
Marcello Giovanelli
Chapter 11. Sharing fiction: A text-world approach to storytime
Sarah Jackson
Chapter 12. Afterword
Joanna Gavins
Subject index
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Subjects & Metadata

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: DSA – Literary theory
BISAC Subject: LIT006000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018045332 | Marc record