Beyond Text Theory: Understanding Literary Response

Miall, David S. and Kuiken, Don (1994) Beyond Text Theory: Understanding Literary Response. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Approaches to text comprehension that focus on propositional, inferential, and elaborative processes have often been considered capable of extension in principle to literary texts, such as stories or poems. However, we argue that literary response is influenced by stylistic features that result in defamiliarization; that defamiliarization invokes feeling which calls on personal perspectives and meanings; and that these aspects of literary response are not addressed by current text theories. The main differences between text theories and defamiliarization theory are discussed. We offer a historical perspective on the theory of defamiliarization from Coleridge to the present day, and mention some empirical studies that tend to support it.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:text theory, discourse analysis, Kintsch model, literary response, reading, poetics, stylistics, phonetics, defamiliarization, feeling, self
Subjects:Psychology > Psycholinguistics
ID Code:724
Deposited By: Miall, David S.
Deposited On:19 Jul 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54


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