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The Histories, Plutarch, and reader response

Emily Baragwanath

in Motivation and Narrative in Herodotus

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199231294
eISBN:
9780191710797
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231294.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Taking Plutarch's criticisms in de Malignitate Herodoti as a point of entry into Herodotus' strategies for guiding his readers' response, this chapter argues that Herodotus' reader is motivated to ... More


‘Mich […] in Variationen […] erzählen’ I: Placing the Author in Aus dem Tagebuch einer Schnecke and Kopfgeburten oder Die Deutschen sterben aus

Rebecca Braun

in Constructing Authorship in the Work of Günter Grass

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199542703
eISBN:
9780191715372
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542703.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter makes a bridge between Grass's non-fictional and his fictional self-presentation through close-readings of two quasi-autobiographical pieces, Aus dem Tagebuch einer Schnecke (1972) and ... More


Voices Around the Text: The Ethnography of Reading at Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem

Jonathan Boyarin

in The Ethnography of Reading

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520079557
eISBN:
9780520913431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520079557.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

The quotes from Stephen Greenblatt and Wolfgang Iser suggest that, despite the apparent gap in time, the voices surrounding these texts are mutually dependent and coexistent. This chapter argues that ... More


Implicating the Reader: Dirty Work and the Burdens of Southern History

Robert Donahoo

in Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110751
eISBN:
9781604736366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110751.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter offers a reading of Larry Brown’s 1989 novel Dirty Work, focusing on how it asks readers to willingly identify with the appalling situation that the central character, Walter James, ... More


‘Cues’: The Function of Unfamiliar Diction

Peter Wright

in Attending Daedalus: Gene Wolfe, Artifice and the Reader

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780853238188
eISBN:
9781846312618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238188.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Focussing on Wolfe's use of eclectic and archaic vocabulary and nomenclature throughout The Urth Cycle, this chapter argues that such diction establishes a shifting kaleidoscope of adumbration and ... More


The Phoenix in the Mirror: The Encyclopedic Subject

Mary Franklin-Brown

in Reading the World: Encyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226260686
eISBN:
9780226260709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226260709.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Wolfgang Iser argues that the fragmentary nature of modern texts allows the reader a certain level of awareness over his or her own interpretive work and choices—which presents a different ... More


Artificial, in the Best Sense of the Word

Karin Kukkonen

in Probability Designs: Literature and Predictive Processing

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780190050955
eISBN:
9780190050986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190050955.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The chapter outlines the tension between readers’ explorative inferences and the constraints of the text’s probability design. It foregrounds the ways in which the artificial nature of the designed ... More


Literature as a Designer Environment

Karin Kukkonen

in Probability Designs: Literature and Predictive Processing

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780190050955
eISBN:
9780190050986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190050955.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The chapter asks in what sense literature can be considered a designer environment. It discusses in particular the role that language, narrative, and fiction play in extending cognitive capacities ... More


Conclusion: Explorations in the Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics

Karin Kukkonen

in A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780190634766
eISBN:
9780190634780
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634766.003.0015
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter suggests how the neoclassical approach, after its demise at the hands of the Romantics, can live on in today’s cognitive poetics and cognitive literary study. The core principle of ... More


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