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Foregrounding, Defamiliarization, and Affect: Response to Literary Stories

Miall, David S. and Kuiken, Don (1994) Foregrounding, Defamiliarization, and Affect: Response to Literary Stories. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Abstract

The notion that stylistic features of literary texts deautomatize perception is central to a tradition of literary theory from Coleridge through Shklovsky and Mukarovský to Van Peer. Stylistic variations, known as foregrounding, hypothetically prompt defamiliarization, evoke feelings, and prolong reading time. These possibilities were tested in four studies in which segment by segment reading times and ratings were collected from readers of a short story. In each study, foregrounded segments of the story were associated with increased reading times, greater strikingness ratings, and greater affect ratings. Response to foregrounding appeared to be independent of literary competence or experience. Reasons for considering readers' response to foregrounding as a distinctive aspect of interaction with literary texts are discussed.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:reading process, feeling, literary theory, phonetics, semantics, defamiliarization, narrative, foregrounding, language
Subjects:Psychology > Psycholinguistics
ID Code:737
Deposited By:Miall, David S.
Deposited On:21 Aug 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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