restricted access Bakhtin, Theory of Mind, and Pedagogy: Cognitive Construction of Social Class


This essay brings together cognitive literary theory and Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of dialogic imagination to illuminate the construction of social class in the eighteenth-century novel. It offers a close reading of selected passages from Frances Burney's Evelina (1778), made possible by combining Bakhtinian and cognitive poetics. It also discusses the theoretical ramifications of this approach and demonstrates its use in an undergraduate classroom.