Cognitive Approaches to Old English Poetry by Antonina Harbus

By Antonina Harbus

An important, considerate research, utilising new and critical interpretative and significant views to a significant diversity of outdated English poetry. Professor John Hines, Cardiff collage Cognitive methods to literature offernew and fascinating methods of analyzing literature and mentalities, by means of bringing principles and methodologies from Cognitive technological know-how into the research of literature and tradition. whereas those methods are of specific price with regards to realizing the texts of distant societies, they need to date made little or no impression on Anglo-Saxon reviews. This booklet accordingly acts as a pioneer, mapping out the hot box, explaining its relevance to previous English Literary reports, and demonstrating in perform its software to a number of key vernacular poetic texts, together with Beowulf, The Wanderer, and poems from the Exeter e-book. Adapting key rules from 3 similar fields - Cognitive Literary/Cultural reviews, Cognitive Poetics, and Conceptual Metaphor concept - together with extra favourite types, derived from Literary research, Stylistics, and ancient Linguistics, permits numerous new methods of pondering previous English literature to emerge. It allows a scientific technique of analyzing and accounting for the conceptual buildings that underpin Anglo-Saxon poetics, in addition to fuller explorations, on the point of psychological processing, of the workings of literary language in context. the result's a collection of methods to reading Anglo-Saxon textuality, via unique experiences of the suggestions, psychological schemas, and associative good judgment implied in and triggeredby the evocative language and that means buildings of surviving works. Antonina Harbus is affiliate Professor within the division of English at Macquarie college, Sydney, Australia.

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See also Chapter 7 below. 48 In this spatial conceptualisation, the metaphor the mind is a container, mental activity is constructed as travel to, from and within this repository. Anglo-Saxon writers routinely use this metaphor of the mind as a storehouse for ideas and emotions in secular, religious, adapted and apparently original contexts, and poets in particular deploy it flexibly to encompass the concept of containment and escape characterised by various concrete qualities from the natural world.

Indd 42 01/05/2012 13:36:07 Conceptual Metaphors injunctions and anxieties embedded within it. 39 Allen J. 40 More recently, Glenn Davis has claimed that, given its emphasis on the fragmentation of the body, the poem reflects concern for physical health and welfare rather than the afterlife,41 though this argument is less convincing than others. 44 This distinction seems to be upheld in Soul and Body II, as Godden points out,45 in that the soul, freed from the body after death, is made to suffer for the wrongs committed by the psychological faculty, the mind.

25 Alan Richardson and Francis F. 1 (2002), 1–8, at p. 5. 26 See the overview in M. Fludernik, D. C. Freeman and M. H. 3 (1999), 383–96. 27 Margaret H. Freeman, ‘Poetry and the Scope of Metaphor: Toward a Cognitive Theory of Literature’, in Metaphor and Metonymy, ed. Barcelona, pp. 253–82. 28 F. 1 (1995), 1–23, at p. 15. 3 (1999), 499–522. 30 Elena Semino, Metaphor in Discourse (Cambridge, 2008). , p. 80. indd 39 01/05/2012 13:36:07 Cognitive Approaches to Old English Poetry on the rhetorical and aesthetic potential of patterns of creative metaphor usage in authentic contexts, a line of inquiry that can certainly be developed further in relation to other literary texts.

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