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Cognitive Literary ScienceDialogues between Literature and Cognition$
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Michael Burke and Emily T. Troscianko

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190496869

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190496869.001.0001

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Animal Minds across Discourse Domains

Animal Minds across Discourse Domains

(p.195) Chapter 10 Animal Minds across Discourse Domains
Cognitive Literary Science

David Herman

Oxford University Press

This chapter seeks to reframe, and move beyond, debates organized around a polarity between legible and illegible animal minds. Instead, it outlines techniques for documenting and analysing the attested range of mind-ascribing practices in a given culture or subculture, as they manifest themselves in narratives about animals—narratives that are anchored in a variety of ‘discourse domains’. It uses this expression as a technical term to refer to frameworks for activity that determine what sorts of ascriptive practices will be deemed appropriate and warranted in a given context, arguing that the norms for ascription associated with such discourse domains cut across the fiction‒non-fiction divide. Synthesizing narratological research on thought presentation with scholarship on animal subjectivity, it argues that domain, not genre, is the key determinant of how prolific and detailed the animal experiences projected by a given narrative will be.

Keywords:   fiction‒non-fiction divide, heterophenomenology, human-animal studies, narratology, non-human subjectivity, thought presentation

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