A prehistory of cognitive poetics : neoclassicism and the by Karin Kukkonen

By Karin Kukkonen

"Bringing neoclassicism again into contemporary severe debates, this examine considers the cognitive underpinnings of the foundations of poetic justice, the unities and decorum, underlines their relevance for latest cognitive poetics and strains their impact within the rising narrative kind of the eighteenth-century novel"--

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Let us assume that what we wish to explain are Richard’s somewhat erratic movements in making his way across the road.  ] if we wish to explain Richard’s movements, then we have to do more than locate the various physical and social obstacles in physical and social space. Indeed, in order that a thing may become an obstacle to Richard’s movements, we must first attribute to him certain elements of knowledge or information—​that knowledge, for example, of social institution which enables him to interpret traffic lights or the signaling of the police constable.

In his discussion in The Poverty of Historicism ([1957] 2002), Popper takes a piece of fiction, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and its skeptical treatment of the notion that history is due to “great men” as his example for the workings of “situational logic” (137–​39). Moving away from Popper’s immediate concerns,4 we can rephrase it as follows: Tolstoy creates the fictional situation of his novel, a scenario in which the actual events are condensed and emplotted, precisely in order to demonstrate the conceptual implications of retelling these historical events.

Admittedly, it is not clear that Dryden was an active member of the Royal Society, and he was expelled as early as 1665 because of outstanding fees (see Lloyd 1930). Nevertheless, it seems to be the consensus in the research on the topic that the addition of Dryden’s name to the membership lists of the Royal Society (together with that of the poet Edmund Waller) was not a simple publicity stunt but rather a reflection of the engagement of the poet with the new science. For an overview, see Bredvold 1928; Burke 1990; Kroll 1991; and the references in Shanahan 2013.

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