World Building: Discourse in the Mind

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Joanna Gavins, Ernestine Lahey
Bloomsbury Publishing, Jun 30, 2016 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
World Building represents the state-of-the-discipline in worlds-based approaches to discourse, collected together for the first time. Over the last 40 years the 'text-as-world' metaphor has become one of the most prevalent and productive means of describing the experiencing of producing and receiving discourse. This has been the case in a range of disciplines, including stylistics, cognitive poetics, narratology, discourse analysis and literary theory.

The metaphor has enabled analysts to formulate a variety of frameworks for describing and examining the textual and conceptual mechanics involved in human communication, articulating these variously through such concepts as 'possible worlds', 'text-worlds' and 'storyworlds'. Each of these key approaches shares an understanding of discourse as a logically grounded, cognitively and pragmatically complex phenomenon. Discourse in this sense is capable of producing highly immersive and emotionally affecting conceptual spaces in the minds of discourse participants.
The chapters examine how best to document and analyze this and this is an essential collection for stylisticians, linguists and narrative theorists.

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1 World Building in Discourse
Possible Worlds Theory Metalepsis and Digital Fiction
3 AuthorCharacter Ethos in Dan Browns LangdonSeries Novels
Umwelt Modelling in Animal Narratives
Text World Theory Immersive Theatre and Punchdrunks The Drowned Man
6 Speaker Enactors in Oral Narrative
A Pedagogical Application in the Secondary Classroom
Theories of Worldbuilding as Creative Writing Toolbox
Experiencing the TextWorlds of The Unconsoled
Situating Metaphor in the TextWorlds of the 2008 British Financial Crisis
12 The Humorous Worlds of Film Comedy
An Absurd World and Senile Mind Style
14 Autofocus and Remote TextWorld Building in the Earliest English Narrative Poetry
A Cognitive Poetic Analysis of Reversals Accelerations and Shifts in Time in the Poems of Eavan Boland
16 Stylistic Interanimation and Apophatic Poetics in Jacob Polleys Hide and Seek

9 The Texture of Authorial Intention

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Joanna Gavins is Reader in Literary Linguistics at the University of Sheffield, UK. She is the author of Reading the Absurd (EUP, 2013) and Text World Theory: An Introduction (EUP, 2007).

Ernestine Lahey is Assistant Professor in Linguistics and Stylistics at University College Roosevelt. She has published widely on subjects relating to (cognitive) stylistics, Text World Theory and Canadian literature and culture.

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