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Probability designs : literature and predictive processing

Author: Karin Kukkonen
Publisher: New York , NY : Oxford University Press, 2020.
Series: Cognition and poetics
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 'Probability Designs', Karin Kukkonen proposes a new perspective on the complex role of predictions and probabilities in the dynamics of literary narrative. Predictive processing, an emerging account of cognition in neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, provides the theoretical backdrop for an investigation of how literary texts shape readers' expectations and experience. Through deft analysis of the literary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karin Kukkonen
ISBN: 0190050950 9780190050955
OCLC Number: 1121281825
Description: 225 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements Introduction: Literature and Predictive Processing I: Narrative Design 1. Plots and Probability Transformations 2. Probability Designs 3. The Height of Drop II: The Embodied Reader III. Into the Mental Library1. Intertextual Precision Expectations 2. Things That Did Not Happen3. Reading by Proxy 4. Artificial, In the Best Sense of the Word IV: An Argument From Design 1.Otto's Novel 2. Literature as a Designer Environment 3. The Cognitive Work of Form Endnotes Bibliography
Series Title: Cognition and poetics
Responsibility: Karin Kukkonen.

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In 'Probability Designs', Karin Kukkonen proposes a new perspective on the complex role of predictions and probabilities in the dynamics of literary narrative. Predictive processing, an emerging account of cognition in neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, provides the theoretical backdrop for an investigation of how literary texts shape readers' expectations and experience. Through deft analysis of the literary canon in a variety of cultures and languages, she constructs a comprehensive model of probability in a novel's plots, immersive appeal, and potential for reflection. Linking predictive processing to the idea that culture and cognition always develop in tandem, Kukkonen then sketches a place for literature and literary form in this exchange - a mode of0exploratory thinking that takes language and writing to the next level.0Chance encounters, last-minute rescues, and coincidences launch Kukkonen's investigation of the literary manipulation of predictions. Through an enlightening blend of cognitive sciences and literary theory, Probability Designs enriches scholarly debates in literary studies and sheds light on how vital literature is for human thought.

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