CANCELED English, 2013 curriculum - Free topic 13: Cognitive Poetics: The Human Mind and the Language of Literature

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Cognitive Poetics (or cognitive stylistics) is a branch of stylistics – that is, the study of the language of literature – which draws on Cognitive Linguistics (i.e. the study of language and the human mind) and, more broadly, cognitive science. The main focus of stylistics at large is the literary effect of linguistic choices made (or linguistic strategies used) in texts. One of the main foci of Cognitive Poetics is the reader's interaction with, and decoding and construal of, the literary text (which in Cognitive Poetics is understood very broadly as including, not only the literary canon, but also textual products such as lyrics in popular music as well as stage and screen drama). Ultimately, Cognitive Poetics is a brand of stylistics that seeks to relate literature to the human experience in its analysis of literary language and its literary effects, relating its findings to what is known about human cognition. In this course, students will be introduced to theoretical concepts in Cognitive Poetics and the practical application thereof in the analysis of literary and non-literary texts of various types. Students will also become familiar with principles from literary stylistics, cognitive linguistics and cognitive science as such. The overarching goal of the course is to provide students with tools for the analysis of language in literature which may be applied within and beyond the realm of literary texts.

Classes, with particular emphasis on reading primary and secondary texts, oral discussion and developing proficiency in English.


  • Stockwell, Peter (2002). Cognitive Poetics: An Introduction. London: Routledge.
  • Compendium: Selected Readings in Cognitive Poetics. [contains excerpts from textbooks and research monographs as well as research articles]

This course only leads to exams Free Topic 1A + 1B, Free Topic 2A + 2B and Free Topic 3A + 3B.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 176,75
  • English
  • 204,75