Bodily Dialogues: Indexicality of Emotion in Literary Semiotics

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During the last decade, with new neuroimaging techniques, emotion has become a legitimate subject of neurobiology and -psychologr. The neural mapping of functionally distinctive brain regions has transferred emotion from its isolated site in the obscure and illogical realm of the body to the cenfre of the humanities. In philosophy and psychology, the relationship between emotion and cognition is one of the most exciting topics of inquiry. This article concerns the functioning of emotion in a sensing and feeling reader as an interpretating agent of literature, according to the emotional models of Antonio Damasio and Joseph LeDoux. In the perspective of Peircean pragmatic semiosis, I will consider the mediating sign role of emotion in literary semiotics by exploring its indexical, bodily aspect as it emerges during reading. Distiguishing between different types of indexicality of the emotional process allows me to demonstrate how the inherent indexical aspect of emotion functions in everyday schemas and metaphors as a contextualizing factor. Especially, "feeling" seems to work as a cognitive catalyst, which guides the reader's encounter of foregrounding devices, thereby assisting her/him in creating new metaphors from among personal multisensory memories evoked by stylized literary passages. Emotion thus orients one with a new sense of an affective self, and helps one in evaluating empathically specific life experiences, such as loss, in a refreshed
bodily dialogue with the artistic text.
Bidragets titel på inmatningsspråkKehollisia dialogeja: Emootion indeksisyys kirjallisuuden semiotiikassa
Originalspråkengelska
Titel på gästpublikationRedefining Literary Semiotics
RedaktörerHarri Veivo, Christina Ljungberg, Jorgen Dines Johansen
Antal sidor27
Volym2009
UtgivningsortCambridge
FörlagCambridge Scholars Publishing
Utgivningsdatum2009
Utgåva1.
Sidor133-159
ISBN (tryckt)(10); 1-4438-0499-1, (13); 978-1-4438-0499-8
StatusPublicerad - 2009
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok

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