Is Iconicity Literal? Cognitive Poetics and the LITERAL Concept in Poetry

THE LITERAL AND NONLITRAL IN LANGUATE AND THOUGHT, Seana Coulson and Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, eds., pp. 65-83. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2005

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Margaret H. Freeman

Myrifield Institute for Cognition and the Arts - MICA

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

In this paper I attempt a descriptive analysis of the conceptual domain of LITERAL as it is employed in literary studies in order to show that there is indeed a theoretical basis for use of the term "literal,"and that this theoretical basis enables distinctions to be made, on the one hand, between the text itself and the writer and reader, and, on the other, between the writer in producing and the reader in processing the literary text. In the first part, I briefly survey the term "literal" as it is used in literary criticism and show how these senses are related in a conceptual network in order to lay the groundwork for my argument for literal iconicity. In the second part, I show how some of the principles of cognitive poetics put this literal/non-literal distinction into new perspective, and apply them to a cognitive interpretation of an Emily Dickinson poem.

Keywords: literal/non-literal, conceptual domain, cognitive poetics, iconicity, Emily Dickinson

Suggested Citation

Freeman, Margaret H., Is Iconicity Literal? Cognitive Poetics and the LITERAL Concept in Poetry (2005). THE LITERAL AND NONLITRAL IN LANGUATE AND THOUGHT, Seana Coulson and Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, eds., pp. 65-83. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1426878

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