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Style in NarrativeAspects of an Affective-Cognitive Stylistics$
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Patrick Colm Hogan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197539576

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197539576.001.0001

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Literary Style

Literary Style

(p.23) 1 Literary Style
Style in Narrative

Patrick Colm Hogan

Oxford University Press

Style has often been understood both too broadly and too narrowly. In consequence, it has not defined a psychologically coherent area of study. In this chapter, Hogan first defines style so as to make possible a consistent and systematic theoretical account of the topic in relation to cognitive and affective science. This definition stresses that style varies by both scope and level—thus, the range of text or texts that may share a style (from a single passage to a historical period) and the components of a work that might involve a shared style (including story, narration, and verbalization). This chapter also addresses a second question—what purposes are served by style? There are three key functions of style: 1) the shaping of story understanding, 2) the communication of thematic concerns (i.e., concerns that extend beyond the work to values in the world), and 3) the arousal and modulation of emotion. Hogan illustrates the main points of this chapter by reference to literary works, prominently Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.

Keywords:   affective science, authorial intention, cognitive science, literature, style, Virginia Woolf

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