A cognitive model of reading autofiction

GIBBONS, Alison (2022). A cognitive model of reading autofiction. English Studies: a journal of English language and literature.

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Autofiction is a genre in which the author appears as a character, the nonfiction of their autobiographical life combining with the fiction of invention and fabrication. Critical discussions of autofiction are dominated by arguments concerning their dual narrative structure evoking a duet of imaginative visions which, in turn, requires reading strategies that shift between fact and fiction. These critical intuitions are perceptive, yet they remain unfounded since they make claims about reading and interpretation that can only be explained by recourse to cognitive frameworks and substantiated by empirical research. To rectify this, I propose a cognitive model of the processes involved in reading autofiction, combining the storyworld, Text World Theory, conceptual blending, and the person model. My cognitive model includes two new concepts: the ‘author model’ and ‘ontological dissonance’. Analysis of Michelle Tea’s autofiction Black Wave alongside reader responses tests my proposed model and ultimately validates it.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Humanities Research Centre; Languages & Linguistics; 2003 Language Studies; 2005 Literary Studies
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/0013838X.2022.2050611
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
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Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2022 14:38
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 12:16
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29845

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