This essay argues that cognitive approaches to literature are less widely used than they might be if they offered a hermeneutic practice in addition to providing insight about the ways in which texts are produced and read. It offers a history of the spatial metaphors of surface and depth that structure Jameson's interpretive practice in The Political Unconscious, arguing that Jameson deploys spatial metaphors in order to negotiate aporiae that are not reconcilable in theory.
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Mary Thomas Crane; Surface, Depth, and the Spatial Imaginary: A Cognitive Reading of The Political Unconscious. Representations 1 November 2009; 108 (1): 76–97. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2009.108.1.76
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