Expressive Minds and Artistic Creations: Studies in Cognitive Poetics

ISBN : 9780190457747

Szilvia Csabi
336 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Expressive Minds and Artistic Creations: Studies in Cognitive Poetics presents multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research papers describing new developments in the field of cognitive poetics. The articles examine the complex connections between cognition and poetics with special attention given to how people both create and interpret novel artistic works in a variety of expressive media, including literature, music, art, and multimodal artifacts. The authors have diverse disciplinary backgrounds, but all of them embrace theories and research findings from multiple perspectives, such as linguistics, psychology, literary studies, music, art, neuroscience, and media studies. Several authors explicitly discuss empirical and theoretical challenges in doing interdisciplinary work, which is often considered as essential to future progress in cognitive poetics. Scholars address many specific research questions in their articles, including most notably, the role of embodiment and simulation in human imagination, the importance of conceptual metaphors and conceptual blending processes in the creation and interpretation of literature, and the function of multiperspectivity in poetic and multimodal texts. Several new ideas are also advanced in the volume regarding the cognitive mechanisms responsible for artistic creations and understandings. The volume overall offers an expanded view of cognitive poetics research which situates the study of expressive minds within a broader range of personal, social, cultural and historical contexts. Among other leading researchers, many contributors are world-famous scholars of psychology, linguistics, and literature, including Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr., Zoltan Kovecses, and Reuven Tsur, whose defining papers also survey the roles and significance of conceptual mechanisms in literature.


Szilvia Csabi
Zoltan Kovecses

Part 1. Imagination as Simulation
1 Degrees of Embodiment in Literary Reading: Notes for a Theoretical Model, with American Psycho as a Case Study
2 Cognitive Poetics of Allegorical Experience

Part 2. Beyond Metaphors: Conceptual Integration and Other Complex Figurative Operations
3 The Way Time Goes by: Conceptual Integration and the Poetics of Time
4 Intentionality and Constraint in Conceptual Blending
5 Cognitive Modeling and Musical Creativity

Part 3. Multiperspectivity: Proximity and Distance
6 A Multiple-Parallel-Text Approach for Viewpoint Research Across Languages: The Case of Demonstratives in English and Chinese
7 The Long View: Cognitive Poetic Approaches to Dynamic Affect in Early English Verse
8 Poetics of Perception: The Cognitive Linguistic Foundation of Narrativity and the 'Aesthetics of Observation' in German Avant-garde Literature

Part 4. Multiperspectivity: Verbal and Visual Modalities
9 The Locations and Means of Literary Reading
10 Ut Pictura Poesis? The Poetics of Verbal Imagery
11 Cognitive Linguistics and Multimodal Poetics: Sequential and Summary Scanning in Graphic Literature
12 Elusive Qualities in Poetry, Receptivity, and Neural Correlates
Raymond W. Gibbs


Szilvia Csabi has co-authored three edited volumes and published several articles in the field of cognitive linguistics. For fifteen years she worked in Budapest at the Publisher of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences & Wolters Kluwer as managing editor of mono- and bilingual dictionaries. Currently, she works as a linguist in private industry in California.