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The Systematicity of Narrative Space: A Cognitive Construction?

Elizabeth Finnigan (Strathclyde)

Saturday, May 19th
Buchanan A hallway on the 2nd floor

I argue that narrative space is systematically constructed by demonstrating that there are core patterns of representation when the spatial categories of landscape, people and rooms are investigated. These patterns appear to eschew cultural and temporal boundaries and therefore, may illustrate cognitive governance at work. If these spatial patterns operate on a cognitive level then I provide a further argument for their manifestation: they are a cognitive aid for the contextual monitoring of a text. The patterns represent a templated form of information which aid in the mental representation of space.

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