Body of Vision: Northrop Frye and the Poetics of Mind

Michael Sinding

© 2014

In Body of Vision, Michael Sinding connects Northrop Frye’s groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of the human imagination with cognitive poetics – the cutting-edge school of literary criticism that applies the principles of cognitive science to the interpretation of literary texts and contexts. Sinding undertakes this task through analyses of the interplay of metaphoric and narrative schemas in several forms of cultural mythology.

Sinding identifies the profound connections between cognitive views of language, literature, and culture and Frye’s views by exploring three related aspects of Frye’s work – meaning and thought, culture and society, and literary history. He investigates these connections through detailed studies of major cultural texts including Dante’s Divine Comedy, Hobbes’ Leviathan, Rousseau’s Social Contract, and Milton’s "Lycidas." By linking Frye’s classic studies to exciting recent approaches in the humanities and the cognitive revolution of the past few decades, Body of Vision casts Frye’s achievements in a fascinating new light.

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  • Page Count: 264 pages
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By linking Frye’s classic studies to exciting recent approaches in the humanities and the cognitive revolution of the past few decades, Body of Vision casts Frye’s achievements in a fascinating new light.

Body of Vision: Northrop Frye and the Poetics of Mind

Michael Sinding

© 2014

In Body of Vision, Michael Sinding connects Northrop Frye’s groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of the human imagination with cognitive poetics – the cutting-edge school of literary criticism that applies the principles of cognitive science to the interpretation of literary texts and contexts. Sinding undertakes this task through analyses of the interplay of metaphoric and narrative schemas in several forms of cultural mythology.

Sinding identifies the profound connections between cognitive views of language, literature, and culture and Frye’s views by exploring three related aspects of Frye’s work – meaning and thought, culture and society, and literary history. He investigates these connections through detailed studies of major cultural texts including Dante’s Divine Comedy, Hobbes’ Leviathan, Rousseau’s Social Contract, and Milton’s "Lycidas." By linking Frye’s classic studies to exciting recent approaches in the humanities and the cognitive revolution of the past few decades, Body of Vision casts Frye’s achievements in a fascinating new light.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Frye Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.9in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    “In Body of Vision Michael Sinding has taken on a large intellectual assignment, involving a great deal of hard thinking, and he has succeeded splendidly. I know of no one else in Frye studies who has written so knowledgeably and non-tendentiously about Frye’s ideas in relation to cognitive poetics and poststructuralism. It is something of a marvel how much this tightly reasoned and beautifully organized book contains.”


    Alvin Lee, General Editor, The Collected Works of Northrop Frye

    “Timely, relevant, and insightful, Body of Vision is a thoughtful and revealing study of Northrop Frye’s important contribution to the field of cognitive poetics. There is a pan-historical continuity in the ‘metaphors we live by,’ Frye showed, a continuity that has at least as much to do with how the brain works as with where the brain finds itself.  The inference deserves a hearing and Sinding proves to be an ideal listener for such as these mindful patterns that continue to challenge and improve findings in cultural studies and the variety of social concern criticisms.”


    Jeffery Donaldson, Department of English, McMaster University
  • Author Information

    Michael Sinding is Marie Curie Fellow in the Department of Language and Communication at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
  • Table of contents

    Preface and acknowledgements

    Introduction: Landscapes and Prospects

    Chapter 1. Cognition, Meaning and Culture

    “Systems That Won’t Quite Do”: Schematic Structure in Literary Myth, Metaphor, and Models

    Chapter 2. Cognition, Culture and Literature

    Spatial and Spiritual Orders: Metaphoric Coherence in Dante’s and Frye’s Cosmologies

    Chapter 3. Cognition, Culture and Society

    Family, City, and Body Politic: Metaphor and Framing in Social Thought

    Chapter 4. Cognition, Culture and History

    Pastorals With Power: Universal Nature and the Sociology of Genre

    Conclusion

    Minds Transfigured Together: Metaphor, Myth, and Culture in Mind

    Works Cited

    Notes

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