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Fidelity without mimesis: Mental imagery from visual description
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9309-2343
2012 (English)In: Mimesis: Metaphysics, Cognition, Pragmatics / [ed] Gregory Currie, Petr Kot'átko, Martin Pokorný, London: College Publications, 2012, 271-313 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, I oppose the common assumption that visual descriptions in prose fiction are imageable by virtue of perceptual mimesis. Based on introspection as well as convergent support from cognitive science and other disciplines, I argue that visual description (and the mental imagery it elicits), unlike narrative (and the mental imagery it elicits), often stands in no positive relation to perceptual mimesis because it lacks a structural counterpart in perceptual experience. I present an alternative way of defining the kind of mental imagery elicited by visual descriptions, and propose a number of text variables underlying the imageability or non-imageability of any such description.

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London: College Publications, 2012. 271-313 p.
, Texts in philosophy, 17
Keyword [en]
literature; description; imagination; mental imagery
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Aesthetics; Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-77414ISBN: 978-1-84890-056-1OAI: diva2:532517
Available from: 2012-06-11 Created: 2012-06-11 Last updated: 2016-01-07Bibliographically approved

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