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Does it make a difference where you read?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9309-2343
2014 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
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Cognition is situated and the environment is part of the cognitive system. These are two of the basic tenets of embodiment, a research framework rapidly growing in popularity. They are abstract enough to have inspired a diverse array of approaches to literature and reading. Some of these approaches look into how the minds of literary characters engage with their environment; some study how this environment informs readers’ imagination; others analyze the spatiality of literary metaphor. What all these approaches have in common is a primary focus on environment as encoded in a text. Meanwhile, this lecture will take the notions of environment and situatedness more literally and explore physical site-sensitivity in the reading of literary narrative. Leaving aside the obvious cases of overly distractive reading situations, I will outline some new theoretical distinctions applying to the relationship between narrative style and reading environment. I will propose that it does make a difference where you read, and recount several levels at which physical environment may structure your experience and understanding of a text.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123171OAI: diva2:872028
Reading, Mind and Body (lecture series), University of Turku
Available from: 2015-11-17 Created: 2015-11-17 Last updated: 2015-11-17

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