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Lewis Carroll's "Alice" and Cognitive Narratology

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Series: Narratologia
In this age, which is witnessing a growing interest in narrative studies, cognitive neuroscientific tools, mind studies and artificial intelligence hypotheses, this book aims to expand the exegesis of Carroll's Alice books, aligning them with the current intellectual environment. The theoretical force of this volume lies in the successful encounter between a great book (and all its polysemous ramifications) and a new interpretative point of view, powerful enough to provide a new original contribution, but well grounded enough not to distort the text itself. Moreover, this book is the first to offer a complete, thorough analysis of one single text through the theoretical lens of cognitive narratology, and not just as a series of brief examples contained in a more general discussion. It emphasises in a more direct, effective way the actual novelty and usefulness of the dialogue established between narrative theory and the cognitive sciences. It links specific concepts elaborated in the theory of cognitive narratology with the analysis of the Alice books, helping in this way to discuss, question and extend the concepts themselves, opening up new interpretations and practical methods.

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Francesca Arnavas, University of Tartu, Estonia.
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Audience: Scholars of Cognitive Narratology, Victorian Literature, Carrollian Studies, Unnatural Narratology