By Eefje Claassen
Author Representations in Literary Reading investigates the function 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. via combining insights and strategies from either cognitive psychology and literary idea, this ebook contributes to a greater realizing of the way readers strategy literary texts and what position their assumptions approximately an writer play. a sequence of experiments exhibit 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 concerning the writer play a pivotal function within the literary interpreting technique. This booklet is appropriate to students and scholars in all parts of the cognitive sciences, together with literary experiences and psychology.
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In line with Zwaan’s assumption that literary texts differ from non-literary texts, in their degree of inconsiderateness and consequently the processing involved, Van den Broek et al. (1994) conclude that “…both intuitive analyses of literary text and recent results of experimental studies of reading of literary texts suggest that inferential activities are considerably more extensive during the reading of naturalistic texts than during the reading of experimenter-generated 35 36 Author Representations in Literary Reading texts” (p.
Taken from the Life of Pi – passage. Yann Martel could have chosen to write “who ate our golden agouti”, but by using “snacked” he adds a humorous effect to the sentence. It seems plausible that readers recognize or at least assume a humorous intention by generating the appropriate inference. Graesser et al. (1994) themselves, after all, do mention that author intent and attitude inferences explain “why an author expresses particular clauses in the text” (p. 382). Furthermore, it may very well be that inferences related to author intent and attitude contribute to a local and global coherent meaning representation of the text instead of the other way round, as Graesser et al.
During reading, it is very likely that the image of a writer influences the way we interpret and value a literary text (as we shall see in Chapters 4 and 5). I myself can remember how enthusiastic I was when I first read The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster during a course at university. I wanted to get to know this author better; therefore I started reading more of his work. Because some of his main characters are named Paul and are often writers by profession (such as in Hand to Mouth), I felt I got to know Auster better.
Author Representations in Literary Reading by Eefje Claassen