Powerful Prose

How Textual Features Impact Readers

What makes a reading experience »powerful«? This volume brings together literary scholars, linguists, and empirical researchers who tackle the question by investigating the effects and reader responses generated by selected extracts of literary prose. The twelve contributions theorize this widely-used, but to date insufficiently studied notion, and provide insights into the therefore still mysterious-seeming power of literary fiction. The collection explores a variety of stylistic as well as readerly and psychological features responsible for short- and long-term effects – topics of great interest to those interested or specialized in literary studies and narratology, (cognitive) stylistics, empirical literary studies and reader response theory.

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Contents

    Seiten 5 - 8
  3. Acknowledgments

    Seiten 9 - 10
  4. Experiencing Powerful Prose

    Seiten 11 - 22
  5. Part I Emotional Experiences: Textual Features Eliciting Positive, Negative or Mixed Emotions

    A Psycho-Biological Approach to Suspense and Horror: Triggers of Emotion in a Passage from Lewis's The Monk

    Seiten 25 - 44
  6. Repeated Pleasure: Reading the Threesome Ménage Romance as Digital Literature

    Seiten 45 - 62
  7. Negating the Human, Narrating a World Without Us

    Seiten 63 - 76
  8. Refiguring Reader-Response: Experience and Interpretation in J.G. Ballard's Crash

    Seiten 77 - 96
  9. Part II Coming to the Fore: The Subtle Influence of Rhythm, Sounds, and Sensory Representations

    Lives and Deaths of Gatsby: A Semantic Reading of a Key Passage in a Powerful Text

    Seiten 99 - 110
  10. Introducing Jane: The Power of the Opening

    Seiten 111 - 128
  11. Performing Rhythm Through Enunciation: Prose Versus Poetry

    Seiten 129 - 144
  12. The Pictorial Paradigm of La Vallée: A Text-Image Reading of the Incipit of The Mysteries of Udolpho

    Seiten 145 - 164
  13. Part III Readers, Characters, Authors: Relations Formed by Textual Features

    The Nature of the Agonistic in a Pragmatics of Fiction

    Seiten 167 - 188
  14. The Relevance of Turning a Page: Monotony and Complexity in §25 of David Foster Wallace's The Pale King

    Seiten 189 - 206
  15. The Language of Engagement and the Projection of Storyworld Possible Selves in Roberto Bolaño's The Savage Detectives

    Seiten 207 - 230
  16. "Smuggling in Accidental Poetry": Cognitive and Stylistic Strategies of a Stammering Teen in David Mitchell's Black Swan Green

    Seiten 231 - 248
  17. Contributors

    Seiten 249 - 252
  18. Editors

    Seite 253
  19. Index

    Seiten 254 - 264
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30 September 2021, 264 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-5880-4

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R. L. Victoria Pöhls

R. L. Victoria Pöhls, Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik (Frankfurt am Main), Deutschland

Mariane Utudji

Mariane Utudji, Universit Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Frankreich

Book title
Powerful Prose How Textual Features Impact Readers
transcript Verlag
kart., Dispersionsbindung, 2 Farbabbildungen, 4 SW-Abbildungen
Commodity Group
LIT000000 LAN009000 LIT006000
Release date
30 September 2021
Kultur, Sprache, Literatur
Literary Studies, Narratology, Cognitive Narratology, Literary Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Empirical Literary Studies, Stylistics, Cognitive Stylistics, Empirical Aesthetics
Literature, Language, Culture, Literary Studies, Linguistics, Theory of Literature, Psychology

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