• Place Deixis and the Schematics of Imagined Space: Milton to Keats

    Author(s):
    Mark Bruhn (see profile)
    Date:
    2005
    Subject(s):
    British literature, Linguistics, Romanticism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    cognitivism, stylistics
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6DN6P
    Abstract:
    The infrequent, indefinite, and cumulatively inconsequential use of place deixis in the representation even of conceptually unified space is characteristic of the greater English lyric from Milton through the eighteenth century. In these poems, as Balz Engler has suggested, such deixis typically operates for the rhetorical sequencing of entities conceived as themes, rather than for the grounding and interrelation of entities conceived as objects within a represented scene. With the advent of romanticism, however, place deixis begins to appear with greater frequency, density, and variety, to trifold effect. It consolidates the represented scene, collapses that scene with the situation of discourse, and thereby reorients lyric attention to the local, relative, and embodied. Adapting recent arguments in spatial cognition and cognitive grammar, this study first describes the general functions of place deictic schemata in literary cognition, and then analyzes their poetic fortunes in relation to the concept of lyric sublimity from Milton to Keats.
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