Making creative use of cognitive stylistic frameworks in the revising process

McLoughlin, Nigel F ORCID: 0000-0002-0382-6831 (2020) Making creative use of cognitive stylistic frameworks in the revising process. In: Creative Writing: Drafting, Revising and Editing. Macmillan Education, London, pp. 83-95. ISBN 9781137609564

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This chapter will outline a number of important theoretical frameworks in cognitive stylistics and offer examples of how they may be used to develop poetic texts in the revision process. I discuss the relationship between figure and ground (see Evans & Green 2006: 65-75; Stockwell 2002:13-26), and trajectors and landmarks (Langacker 2013: 70-73), because these are the basic level cognitive aspects of how we tend to apprehend the world, and what is happening in it. I have also selected scripts and schema (Schank and Abelson 1977; Semino 2014: 119-192) as these operate an a more intermediate level in terms of the global state of affairs presented in the text, and the various states of affairs that may be evoked by the text in terms of previous experiences I make use of blending theory (Fauconnier and Turner 2002) as it deals particularly with how metaphors operate. As an example of a more macro-level approach I also discuss text world theory (Werth 1999; Gavins 2007) as this is a global framework of text structure that can offer insights into the relationships between different types of worlds portrayed in the text. The chapter illustrates how these frameworks can be useful to poets in the revision processes using examples of changes in poetic image or poem structure.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Chapter 10
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cognitive Stylistics, Cognitive Poetics, Revision, Poetry, Poetics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR500 Poetry
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2018 11:37
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:54

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