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COGNITION AND POETICS SERIES

Kinesic Humor

Literature, Embodied Cognition, and the Dynamics of Gesture

Guillemette Bolens

Kinesic Humor

COGNITION AND POETICS SERIES

Kinesic Humor

Literature, Embodied Cognition, and the Dynamics of Gesture

COGNITION AND POETICS SERIES: Kinesic Humor

 

Literature is one of the richest sources of information concerning the ways in which human beings play with cognition. Human cognition is grounded in the ability to feel, perceive, and move. Kinesic Humor examines literary works written in different languages and various historical periods, in which the cognitive processing of gestures and kinesic interactions trigger humorous effects.


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The triggers of laughter in spoken language or conversation can often be very simple, such as a change in gesture, or in vocal tone or tempo. Speakers and listeners understand these dynamics of gesture through motor cognition and use them to great effect. The causes of laughter and the experience of humor in written texts, however, are less well understood. In Kinesic Humor, Guillemette Bolens offers a cognitive poetics-based study of triggers of laughter in
texts, focusing in particular on tonic shifts and gesture in plot and narrative.

Bolens shows how literary texts from a variety of periods provide remarkably precise information concerning kinesthesia, the role of tonicity in communication, and the impact of momentum, timing, and tempo on the way in which gestures are processed in human exchanges. She investigates the narrative use of such parameters and how they prompt laughter in a wide-ranging corpus of major authors that includes Chr├ętien de Troyes, Cervantes, Milton, Saint-Simon, Rousseau, Sterne, and Stendhal.
Using the theory of embodied cognition, Bolens shows how thwarted perceptions and expectations of movements and sensations produce the cognitive shifts typical of humor. Bringing together narratology, cognitive studies, gesture studies, humor studies, and historical context, this book offers original
perspectives on important artworks and represents a major contribution to cognitive poetics.

Originally published in French as L'Humour et le savoir des corps in 2016, this volume not only brings the work to an English-speaking audience for the first time but expands significantly on the original by analyzing a new corpus of texts and engaging with recent advances in the field to develop a cutting-edge theory of kinesic humor.


ISBN
9780190930066
Pagina's
216
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COGNITION AND POETICS SERIES
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610
Druk
1
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Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP USA

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