New Testaments: Cognition, Closure, and the Figural Logic of by Michael W. Austin

By Michael W. Austin

In the 17th and eighteenth centuries, well known works of literature attracted—as they allure today—sequels, prequels, franchises, continuations, and parodies. Sequels of all types show the commercial realities of the literary market. This represents whatever basic concerning the method people strategy narrative info. We crave narrative closure, yet we additionally face up to its finality, making such closure either inevitable and insufficient in human narratives. Many cultures comprise this primary ambiguity in the direction of closure within the mythic frameworks that gasoline their narrative imaginations. New Testaments: Cognition, Closure and the Figural good judgment of the Sequel, 1660-1740 examines either the inevitability and the inadequacy of closure within the sequels to 4 significant works of literature written in England among 1660 and 1740: Paradise Lost, The Pilgrim’s Progress, Robinson Crusoe, and Pamela. each one of those works spawned sequels, which—while frequently diversified from the unique works—connected themselves via rhetorical concepts that may be loosely outlined as figural. Such techniques got here without delay from the culture’s dominant non secular narratives: the outdated and New Testaments of the Christian Bible—two drastically distinct works noticeable universally as complementary elements of a unified and coherent narrative.

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