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Reading imaginatively: the imagination in cognitive science and cognitive literary studies

Abstract:
I argue that literary studies can contribute to the “imagery debate” (between pictorialist, propositionalist, and enactivist accounts of mental imagery). While imagery questionnaires are pictorially configured and conflate imagining and seeing with pictorial representation, literary texts can exploit language's capacity for indeterminacy and therefore elicit very different imaginative experiences, thus illuminating the non-pictorial qualities of mental imagery.
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Published
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Peer reviewed
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10.1515/jls-2013-0009

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St John's College
Department:
Humanities Division - Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty - German
Publisher:
De Gruyter Mouton Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Literary Semantics Journal website
Volume:
42
Issue:
2
Pages:
181-198
Publication date:
2013-09-05
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EISSN:
1613-3838
ISSN:
0341-7638
Pubs id:
pubs:461252
URN:
uuid:e502eafd-98da-457d-a02f-32d514fb9ade
Local pid:
ora:8825

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