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With Bodies

Narrative Theory and Embodied Cognition

Marco Caracciolo and Karin Kukkonen

230 pp. 6 x 9
2 illustrations
EXPECTED Pub Date: October, 2021

Subjects: Narrative Studies
Literary Theory

Series: Theory and Interpretation of Narrative

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“Given the rise of cognitive approaches to narrative, the publication of Caracciolo and Kukkonen’s With Bodies is extremely timely. In combining and extending the works of both authors, it constitutes a unique contribution.” —Nancy Easterlin, author of A Biocultural Approach to Literary Theory and Interpretation

We read not only with our eyes and minds, but with our entire body. In With Bodies, Marco Caracciolo and Karin Kukkonen move systematically through all elements of narrative and put them into dialogue with recent research in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, cognitive linguistics, and philosophy of mind to investigate what it means to read literary narratives bodily. They draw their findings from a wide corpus of material—narratives from antiquity to the present and composed in various languages, from Apuleius’s Metamorphoses to Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall—and craft their embodied narratology to retool current theories about authors, narrators and characters, time and space in storyworlds, and plot. Their investigation serves as a foundation for wider discussions on embodied narratology’s contributions to literary history, computation and AI, posthumanism, gender studies, and world literature

Marco Caracciolo is Associate Professor of English and Literary Theory at Ghent University. He is also the author of Narrating the Mesh: Form and Story in the Anthropocene. 

Karin Kukkonen is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Oslo. She is the author of Probability Designs: Literature and Predictive Processing.



Introduction    Positioning the Embodied Reader

Part 1   The Embodied Dynamics of Storyworlds

Chapter 1        Spatial Metaphors for Immersion, Transportation, and Presence

Chapter 2        Authors and Narrators as Embodied Narrative Agents

Chapter 3        Reappraising Focalization

Chapter 4        Affective Routes to Narrative Space

Part 2   The Embodied Dynamics of Time and Plot

Chapter 5        Temporal Metaphors for Narrative Engagement

Chapter 6        Embodying Narrative Action

Chapter 7        Plot, Abstraction, and Situated Conceptualization

Chapter 8        Back to Authors and Narrators

Chapter 9        Entanglements: Embodied Narratology Meets Literary History, Posthumanism, Computational Intelligence, Gender/Sex, and World Literature



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