Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Monica Brzezinski Potkay
Kathleen Joan Bragdon
This project uses the framework of mental space theory, a recent development in the field of cognitive linguistics, and applies it in an analysis and comparison of the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut and Gabriel García Márquez. Both authors utilize explicitly fictional techniques in their body of work (science fiction and magical realism) and nevertheless offer solutions to real-world problems. All three novels result in some sort of an apocalypse, forcing the reader to readjust their schematic frameworks to cope with them in order to produce a meaningful reading. A cognitive approach to "Cat's Cradle," "Galápagos," and "One Hundred Years of Solitude" will elucidate the intricate play between the textual language and the reader's personal context: how individuals make sense of fiction and how these interpretations direct cultural discourse.
Gertzog, James Michael, ""Beauty, Enlightenment, and Comfort at Top Speed" : Cognitive spaces and blending in the fictional universes of Kurt Vonnegut and Gabriel García Márquez" (2008). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 834.
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