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Texts and textiles. Affect, synaesthesia and metaphor in fiction.

Author: Diana Mary Eva Thomas
Publisher: Newcastle-upon-Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study shows how fiction that makes use of textiles as an essential element utilizes synaesthetic writing and synaesthetic metaphor to create an affective link to, and response in, the reader. These links and responses are examined using affect theory from Silvan Tomkins and Brian Massumi and work on synaesthesia by Richard Cytowic, Lawrence Marks, and V.S. Ramachandran, among others. Synaesthetic writing,  Read more...
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Named Person: Anne Bartlett
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diana Mary Eva Thomas
ISBN: 9781443800792 1443800791
OCLC Number: 974865697
Description: 260 p.
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This study shows how fiction that makes use of textiles as an essential element utilizes synaesthetic writing and synaesthetic metaphor to create an affective link to, and response in, the reader.  Read more...

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