Author Representations in Literary Reading by Eefje Claassen

By Eefje Claassen

Author Representations in Literary Reading investigates the position of the writer within the brain of the reader. it's the first book-length empirical research on generated writer inferences by way of readers of literature. It bridges the space among theories which carry that the writer is inappropriate and people who provide him prominence. by way of combining insights and techniques from either cognitive psychology and literary thought, this ebook contributes to a greater knowing of ways readers technique literary texts and what position their assumptions approximately an writer play. a chain of experiments display that readers generate writer inferences throughout the strategy of analyzing, which they use to create a picture of the text’s writer. The findings recommend that interpretations in regards to the writer play a pivotal position within the literary studying method. This publication is appropriate to students and scholars in all components of the cognitive sciences, together with literary experiences and psychology.

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Therefore, the next section will outline some of the theoretical implications of a cognitive approach to the generation of communicative intentions in discourse processing. 32 The novel is about a young Indian boy, named Piscine, whose parents own a zoo. Being a curious child, this boy one day enters a Catholic church where he has a conversation with Father Martin, who tells him a story. And what a story. The first thing that drew me in was disbelief. What? Humanity sins but it’s God’s Son who pays the price?

Since the focus of the present study is mainly on literary texts, it is necessary to consider whether there are specific qualities of literary texts and what effects these may have on their processing. Zwaan (1996), for instance, claims that “contemporary models of text comprehension are not well equipped to account for the comprehension of literary texts” (p. 241). ). The terms inconsiderate and considerate are often used in the context of education and especially in relation to the reading of textbooks and the development of reading skills.

I will briefly discuss the available research. 1 Reading satirical stories The extent to which ordinary readers are aware of authorial intentions when they read satirical stories was investigated by Pfaff and Gibbs (1997). They presumed that in order to understand the point of satire readers require some assessment of what an author intends to communicate. In the first experiment the goal was to get a general idea of how readers think about authors of satirical stories and how their perceptions of the author and the story change in the light of new information about an author’s intent.

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