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On the "body's absence": The embodied experience of exile in Joseph Brodsky's "To Urania"
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6428-9873
2019 (English)In: Journal of literary semantics, ISSN 0341-7638, E-ISSN 1613-3838, Vol. 48, no 1, p. 23-39Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With Joseph Brodsky's poem "To Urania" as a case study, this article argues that a cognitive stylistic approach offers a new way into exploring literary representations of the experience of displacement. Drawing on the notion of the embodied mind in Conceptual Metaphor Theory, it presents a close reading of the poem's portrayal of exile as a "felt" absence. The tension between the immediacy of embodied experience and what lies beyond its grasp is investigated with a particular consideration of enactivism and the dynamics of reading. Metaphor is seen as a tool for enacting vicarious experiences, but also as a means of conveying the difficulty of representing an experience of displacement. The analysis thus focuses on the poem's strategies for negotiating the discrepancy between the past and the present. These include expressions viewing memory as a space, the juxtaposition of the personal and the generic, and projected movement.

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Mouton de Gruyter, 2019. Vol. 48, no 1, p. 23-39
Keywords [en]
Conceptual Metaphor Theory, embodiment, cognitive poetics, stylistics, memory
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Languages and Literature
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Humanities, Comparative literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-81841DOI: 10.1515/jls-2019-2006ISI: 000462582200002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85063754581OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-81841DiVA, id: diva2:1304390
Available from: 2019-04-12 Created: 2019-04-12 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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