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Outer vs. Inner Reverberations: Verbal Auditory Imagery and Meaning-Making in Literary Narrative
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9309-2343
2013 (English)In: Journal of Literary Theory, ISSN 1862-5290, E-ISSN 1862-8990, Vol. 7, no 1-2, 111-134 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is generally acknowledged that verbal auditory imagery, the reader’s sense of hearing the words on a page, matters in the silent reading of poetry. Verbal auditory imagery (VAI) in the silent reading of narrative prose, on the other hand, is mostly neglected by literary and other theorists. This is a first attempt to provide a systematic theoretical account of the felt qualities and underlying cognitive mechanics of VAI, based on convergent evidence from the experimental cognitive sciences, psycholinguistic theory, and introspection. More generally, the aim is to isolate a new set of embodied experiences which, along with more widely researched phenomena such as sensorimotor enactment or emotion, contribute to our understanding of literary narrative. The central argument is that distinctions within the domain of embodied VAI also apply to higher-order meaning-making, i. e., that discrete types of VAI are associated with discrete tendencies in spontaneous literary interpretation. Spontaneous literary interpretation stands for any process of meaning-making, however inarticulate, that reaches the reader’s consciousness in an uninterrupted course of reading.

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2013. Vol. 7, no 1-2, 111-134 p.
Keyword [en]
narrative, reading, auditory imagery, interpretation, embodiment, cognitive science
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General Literature Studies
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Literature; Aesthetics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-96984DOI: 10.1515/jlt-2013-0005OAI: diva2:668439
Available from: 2013-11-29 Created: 2013-11-29 Last updated: 2016-01-07Bibliographically approved

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