Cognitive Style and Perceptual Difference in Browning S Poetry10/02/2012 g1ena 0 Comments
Category: Allied Health Services
- Type: Paperback
- Pages: 200 pages
- ISBN: none
- ASIN: 9781136993343
- Edition Language: English
Current work on speech pragmatics and visual thinking calls for a radical reassessment of the problem of obscurity or difficulty in Robert Browning s work. In this innovative study, Bailey reinterprets Brownings life and work in the context of contemporary theories of language and attention, drawn from the cognitive sciences. Specifically, new readings of under-examined historical sources show the extent to which Browning s cognitive and perceptual worlds differed from the norm, aligning him with Victorians like Sir Francis Galton or fellow-artist William Wetmore Story. Exploring how perceptual biases are transformed in the language of the poems, Bailey demonstrates how the cognitive sciences can ground a new biographical practice, drawing attention to such matters as the creative process and the ethics of understanding individuals who think differently. In doing so, she re-energizes debates about this unusual Victorian poet, his later works, and the nature of literary style.