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Title: "Kubla Khan" – Poetic Structure, Hypnotic Quality and Cognitive Style
Subtitle: A Study in Mental, Vocal and Critical Performance
Written By: Reuven Tsur
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=HCP%2016
Series Title: Human Cognitive Processing 16
Description:

This book endorses Coleridge's statement: "nothing can permanently please
which does not contain in itself the reason why it is so". It conceives of
"Kubla Khan" as of a hypnotic poem, in which the "obtrusive rhythms"
produce a hypnotic, emotionally heightened response, giving false security
to the "Platonic Censor", so that our imagination is left free to explore
higher levels of uncertainty. Critics intolerant of uncertainty tend to
account for the poem's effect by extraneous background information. The
book consists of three parts employing different research methods. Part One
is speculative, and discusses three aspects of a complex aesthetic event:
the verbal structure of "Kubla Khan", validity in interpretation, and the
influence of the critic's decision style on his critical decisions. The
other two parts are empirical. Part Two explores reader response to gestalt
qualities of rhyme patterns and hypnotic poems in perspective of decision
style and professional training. Part Three submits four recordings of the
poem by leading British actors to instrumental investigation.

Table of contents

Kubla Khan: Or a Vision in a Dream, a Fragment by Samuel Taylor Coleridge ix
Introduction 1
Part One: Criticism and Meta-Criticism
1. "Kubla Khan" and the Implied Critic’s Decision Style 11
2. The Texture and Structure of "Kubla Khan" 79
Part Two: The Reader and Real Readers
3. Gestalt Qualities in Poetry and the Reader’s Absorption Style 115
Part Three: Vox Humana
4. Performing "Kubla Khan" — An Instrumental Study of Four Readings 143
Afterword
Integration and Wider Perspectives 205
References 235
Index 245

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature
Cognitive Science
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027223696
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii, 252
Prices: Europe EURO 110.00
U.S. $ 149