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A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel

Karin Kukkonen


This book argues that the neoclassical critical tradition of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with its cognitive perspective on the workings of literature, constitutes a key chapter in the prehistory of current cognitive approaches to literature. It argues for an understanding of neoclassical criticism as a debate (and not a dogma). As the neoclassical critics considered vraisemblance, that is, the designed mimesis of a work of art, they integrated both cultural and cognitive aspects; this makes them a valuable partner in conversation with today’s cognitive poetics. The continued rele ... More

Keywords: neoclassicism, eighteenth-century novels, cognitive poetics, cognitive literary study, vraisemblance, literary history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190634766
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190634766.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karin Kukkonen, author
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Oslo