This work seeks to chart what happens in the embodied minds of engaged readers when they read literature. Despite the recent stylistic, linguistic, and cognitive advances that have been made in text-processing methodology and practice, very little is kwn about this cultural-cognitive process and especially about the role that emotion plays. Burke's theoretical and empirical study focuses on three central issues: the role emotions play in a core cognitive event like literary text processing; the kinds of bottom-up and top-down inputs most prominently involved in the literary reading process; and what might be happening in the minds and bodies of engaged readers when they experience intense or heightened emotions: a phemen sometimes labelled reader epiphany. This study postulates that there is a free-flow of bottom-up and top-down affective, cognitive inputs during the engaged act of literary reading, and that reading does t necessarily begin or end when our eyes apprehend the words on the page. Burke argues that the literary reading human mind might best be considered both figuratively and literally, t as computational or mechanical, but as oceanic.
Michael Burke is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and English at Roosevelt Academy, Middelburg (Utrecht University), where he is also head of department. He is the current Chair of the International Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) and secretary of the Society of Europe (RSE). His publications includeContextualised Stylistics (co-edited withStockwell and Bex, 2000, Rodopi) andPedagogical Stylistics (co-edited with Csabi, Week and Zerkowitz, 2012, Continuum). He has published several stylistics and rhetoric-related articles injournals.
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Psychology: Textbooks & Study Guides
Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Stylistics
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