The Marvellous as We Know It: A text world analysis of Heaney’s Squarings: Lightenings VIII

McLoughlin, Nigel F (2014) The Marvellous as We Know It: A text world analysis of Heaney’s Squarings: Lightenings VIII. New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 11 (2). pp. 228-239. ISSN 1479-0726

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Abstract

In recent years Text World Theory has emerged as a powerful technique for exploring the cognitive interactions of the reader with literary texts. In the essay that follows, Text World Theory is outlined and used to analyse the pattern of world switches which the reader undergoes as they move through Heaney's poem Squarings: Lightenings VIII. The essay also examines the various mechanisms by which those mental switches are instigated. Through this analysis, it is shown how Heaney's metaphorical representations are constructed and maintained by the reader, and inferences are drawn about the importance of cultural knowledge, and the pragmatic interpretation of utterances in relation to the type of deictic and modal world switches the reader experiences in the poem. The analysis also generates some difficulties for Text World Theory as it currently stands, and attempts to resolve these.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in New Writing on 10 March 2014 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14790726.2013.837934
Uncontrolled Keywords: Text world theory, Cognitive poetics, Seamus Heaney, Metaphor, Poetry
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR401 Modern > PR471 20th century
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR401 Modern > PR481 21st century
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR500 Poetry
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Literary and Critical Studies
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2015 13:17
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 05:15
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2555

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