Year 2020, Volume , Issue 51, Pages 188 - 238 2020-12-31

Mind Reading and Cognitive Distortion in Jane Austen’s Persuasion

Karam NAYEBPOUR [1] , Rakiye ÖZDAL [2]


Mind reading is an important aspect of narrative in Jane Austen’s fiction. Austen presents mind reading as the most effective element in the construction and development of her narrative plot in Persuasion. She mainly shows how mind reading can derive from thinking biases and bring about significant misunderstandings. By focusing on the central character Anne Elliot’s desire to read her ex-fiancé’s mental states in different situations, Austen explores the impact of mind reading quality and capacity on their relationship. Offered by the narratologist Lisa Zunshine, mind reading refers to our ability to attribute or ascribe mental states to ourselves and to other people. Relying on Zunshine’s terminology and considering her elaboration on the three main steps of mind reading, this paper has two main goals. Firstly, the essay analyses the way(s) Anne Elliot’s mind reading capacity is presented in terms of body language, performance, and embodied transparencies. Secondly, the paper examines the reliability state of Anne’s mind readings, as well as the effect of her cognitive distortions.
: Cognitive Narratology, Mind Reading, Cognitive Distortion, Persuasion, Jane Austen
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Primary Language en
Subjects Social
Journal Section Filoloji
Authors

Orcid: 0000-0001-8533-6555
Author: Karam NAYEBPOUR (Primary Author)
Institution: AĞRI İBRAHİM ÇEÇEN ÜNİVERSİTESİ
Country: Turkey


Author: Rakiye ÖZDAL
Institution: OSMANİYE KORKUT ATA ÜNİVERSİTESİ
Country: Turkey


Dates

Publication Date : December 31, 2020

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APA Nayebpour, K , Özdal, R . (2020). Mind Reading and Cognitive Distortion in Jane Austen’s Persuasion . Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi , (51) , 188-238 . Retrieved from https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/sufesosbil/issue/59313/615908
MLA Nayebpour, K , Özdal, R . "Mind Reading and Cognitive Distortion in Jane Austen’s Persuasion" . Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi (2020 ): 188-238 <https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/sufesosbil/issue/59313/615908>
Chicago Nayebpour, K , Özdal, R . "Mind Reading and Cognitive Distortion in Jane Austen’s Persuasion". Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi (2020 ): 188-238
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ISNAD Nayebpour, Karam , Özdal, Rakiye . "Mind Reading and Cognitive Distortion in Jane Austen’s Persuasion". Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi / 51 (December 2020): 188-238 .
AMA Nayebpour K , Özdal R . Mind Reading and Cognitive Distortion in Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi. 2020; (51): 188-238.
Vancouver Nayebpour K , Özdal R . Mind Reading and Cognitive Distortion in Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi. 2020; (51): 188-238.
IEEE K. Nayebpour and R. Özdal , "Mind Reading and Cognitive Distortion in Jane Austen’s Persuasion", Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi Fen-Edebiyat Fakültesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi, no. 51, pp. 188-238, Dec. 2021