What is cognitive poetics?

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  1990
Authors  Frank, Arthur W.
Journal Title  Theory, Culture and Society
Volume  7
Pagination  131-62
Key Words  Cognitive Linguistics; Experientialism; Review
Notes  Overview of body-related research in the 1980s relevant for new sociology Sorts books into 4 categories:1. The medicalized bodyreviews books on medical practices and social vs. medical aspects of disease2. The sexual bodyReviews two books one on "The sexual lives of an Amazonian people" and the other on collection of articles on postmodern sexuality in the US in "postmodern America, the natives are now writing their own ethnography" which are more similar than might be expected3. The disciplined bodyCompares several books on diets (anorexia) and visions of own body4. The talking bodyReview of Lakoff 1987 and Johnson 1987 - suggests that Johnson can be read first as an introduction to the ideas in LakoffSees the value of this research "in resolution of the Objectivist/relativist dichotomy." ... "If understanding and knowledge are projections of embodied image shcamta, then they are clearly multivocal, not univocal. But because bodily experience is shared -- we all experience balance, force, containment, and many, but not infinitely many, other bases of metaphor -- there is a basis for mutual understanding. The demise of Objectivism need not be rootless, anarchic, nihilistic relativism. It seems to me this was what Nietzsche was trying to establish, and what Foucault needed but never found as a philosophic basis of his politics." (p. 158)
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