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Resonance and Intensity

Peter Stockwell

in Texture - A Cognitive Aesthetics of Reading

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780748625819
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651511 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625819.003.0002
Resonance and Intensity

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This chapter explores resonance as a sense of powerful literary impact and its ability to linger in the mind after the reading is completed. Resonance is closely linked to the sense of intensity in reading, which is determined by readerly disposition. A model of resonance and intensity is proposed, based on the cognitive psychology of attention, adapted for stylistic texture in the literary context.

Keywords: literary impact; reading; readerly disposition; cognitive psychology; attention

Chapter.  17461 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Linguistics

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