Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Cognitive Poetics

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit will demonstrate the cognitive poetic analysis of literary and non-literary texts. It will link cognitive poetics procedures with the theory and methodology of other disciplines such as semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, stylistics, narratology. The unit also reflects on the nature of the relation and its position in relation to models of comprehension, text world theory, scripts and schemas, literary criticism.

Study-unit Aims

The study-unit aims at:
- exploring social and cultural dimensions of literary reading in its methodological base, viewed from a cognitive perspective;
- raising ideological and theoretical issues in academic practice;
- enabling students to develop a sophisticated knowledge of a range of cognitive, narratological, and stylistic theories about the structure and readerly experience of literary and non-literary narrative;
- offering the opportunity for developing new theoretical directions in the emerging field.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- acquire familiarity with the field of cognitive poetics;
- arrive at a position where they are able to make informed interventions in applications of cognitive poetics to the processing of texts;
- acquire the ability to work with a more nuanced theoretical and practical knowledge of recent work on cognition;
- demonstrate practical analytical skills in how textual analysis and readerly response are integrated.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- acquire critical and reflective skills in literary methodology;
- develop independent research skills and critical thinking;
- assimilate different theoretical approaches to a phenomenon;
- assimilate skills of adapting a methodology to a new context, and effective communication skills.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Students will be given a reading pack and a full reading list at the start of the study-unit, but the following provide some useful background:
- Gavins, J. and Steen, G. (2003) 'Cognitive Poetics in Practice'. London: Routledge.
- Stockwell, P. (2002) 'Cognitive Poetics: An introduction'. London: Routledge.
- Turner, M. (1996) 'The Literary Mind: The origins of thought and language'. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%


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