Directions in Empirical Literary Studies

In honor of Willie van Peer

| Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
| University of Alberta
| Kyiv National Linguistic University
| University of Munich
ISBN 9789027233370 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027290625 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
Directions in Empirical Literary Studies is on the cutting edge of empirical studies and is a much needed volume. It both widens the scope of empirical studies and looks at them from an intercultural perspective by bringing together renowned scholars from the fields of philosophy, sociology, psychology, linguistics and literature, all focusing on how empirical studies have impacted these different areas. Theoretical issues are discussed and solid methods are presented. Some chapters also show the relation between empirical studies and new technology, examining developments in computer science and corpus linguistics. This book takes a global perspective, with contributors from many different countries, both senior and junior researchers. Broad in scope and interdisciplinary in nature, it contributes with the state-of-the-art developments in the field.
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 5]  2008.  xii, 357 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Theoretical and philosophical perspectives
Studying literature and being empirical: A multifaceted conjunction
Uri Margolin
Empirical research into the processing of free indirect discourse and the imperative of ecological validity
Geoff M. Hall
Notes toward a new philology
Donald C. Freeman
A theory of expressive reading
Don Kuiken
Part II. Psychology, foregrounding and literature
Textual and extra-textual manipulations in the empirical study of literary response
Peter Dixon and Marisa Bortolussi
Foregrounding and feeling in response to narrative
David S. Miall
Two levels of foregrounding in literary narratives
Yeshayahu Shen
Narrative empathy and inter-group relations
János László † and Ildiko Smogyvary
Effects of reading on knowledge, social abilities, and selfhood: Theory and empirical studies
Raymond Mar, Maja Djikic and Keith Oatley
Imagining what could happen: Effects of taking the role of a character on social cognition
Frank Hakemulder
Part III. Computers and the humanities
An automated text analysis: Willie Van Peer's academic contributions
Arthur C. Graesser and Brent Morgan
Computationally Discriminating Literary from Non-Literary Texts
Max M. Louwerse, Nick Benesh and Bin Zhang
Metaphors and software-assisted cognitive stylistics
Michael Kimmel
Searching for style in modern American poetry
David L. Hoover
The laws governing the history of poetry
Colin Martindale
Consolidating empirical method in data-assisted stylistics: Towards a corpus-attested glossary of literary terms.
Bill Louw
Part IV. REDES Project: The new generation
Empirical evaluation: Towards an automated index of lexical variety
Vander Viana, A. Giordani and Sonia Zyngier
Language allergy: Myth or reality
Mariya Sergeyeva and Anna Chesnokova
Proper names in the translation of The Lord of the Rings
Vladimir Yepishev
Threat and geographical distance: the case of North Korea
Jan Prasil, Maria Dudusova and Jan Auracher
The Apology of Popular Fiction: Everyday Uses of Literature in Poland
Maciej Maryl
Afterword. A Matter of versifying: Tradition, innovation and the sonnet form in English
Walter Nash
About the contributors
Index of authors
Index of keywords
“The essays in this volume represent the most advanced and intriguing work being done today in the empirical study of literature. How fitting that they are published in honor of Willie van Peer, an intellectual pioneer whose scholarship will continue to have a powerful effect on criticism and philosophy in years to come.”
“This collection draws together some of the most exciting research underway in empirical literary studies. There could be no more fitting tribute to van Peer's work in this field. Drawing on Discourse Studies, Narratology, Reader Response, Poetics and a Sociology of Literature, the essays brought together in this volume demonstrate the range of empirical studies and its contributions to literary theory. The structure of the volume negotiates this breadth through innovative section divisions that present work by senior researchers through the introductory and contextual comments of emerging scholars. This volume makes a significant contribution to empirical literary studies and serves as an excellent introduction for those with developing interests in the field.”
“Here is a volume that treats readers to a discovery tour in empirical studies of literature. Words like fragility, sympathy, imagining, metaphors, and novelty, resound in this volume. They police the scope of studies of literature. Stories make us more aware of the real world than any documentary truth. Only through literature can we enter somebody else's feelings. The name for it is compassion. Many of the international experts who contribute here share that goal of unpacking the mechanisms of compassion in stories, often through experiments and text manipulations. Nothing they write is without interest. In this sense, this is more than a Festschrift, and for good reason. You come away from the book with the sense of having caught sight of a beacon.”
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