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On Wednesday, December 13th, 2017, prof. Snežana Milosavljević Milić, Ph.D. from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Niš, will give a lecture titled “Cognitive Narratology - Challenges, Scope, Perspectives.” More details are available in the abstract below.

The lecture will start at 18:00, lecture hall no. 8, main University building (Banovina).


Snežana Milosavljević Milić, University of Niš, Faculty of Philosophy

Cognitive narratology emerged in the 1980s as part of the narratological shift in the humanities and social sciences, which was in itself part of a cognitive shift within science in general; it is also considered a part of post-classical narratology (Herman, 1999). Cognitive narratology is concerned with the ways in which narrative creates human experience and makes it meaningful, which is the basis for man’s propensity towards storytelling; this approach to narratology also studies the ways in which narratives are processed and interpreted. Whereas classical narratology relied on de Saussure’s approach to linguistics, cognitive narratology is grounded in cognitive linguistics, cognitive psychology, neurology, evolutionary theory, philosophy of mind, and quantum physics. The three key conceptual paradigms are frames and scripts, the scalar approach and the departure from binary oppositions, and the story world. Frames are understood as cognitive knowledge structures upon which conceptual understandings of the world are built, whereas scripts, also known as scenarios (Schank and Abelson, 1977), are stereotypical action sequences, i.e. a kind of framed schematized action. Fauconnier’s and Turner’s theory of conceptual blending has been adopted from cognitive linguistics and conceptual semantics. The definition of the narrative as a cognitive, transdisciplinary, transgeneric and transmedial phenomenon has resulted in the division of cognitive narratology into affective, natural, unnatural, and transmedial narratology. Objections to cognitive narratology primarily relate to existentialism and the reductionism of teleological thought; on the other hand, its primary advantages lie in its multidisciplinary approach, empirical bases, and its adaptability to the interpretative processes of other literary theories and methods.

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