How heroines in eighteenth-century women’s novels use the composition of original poetry as a tool for making decisions (completed)

Yasemin Nurcan Hacioglu investigates how heroines in eighteenth-century women’s novels use the composition of original poetry as a tool for making decisions. Broadly, she is interested in how writing enables thinking.

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Yasemin Nurcan Hacioglu

Her PhD project combines cognitive and historical approaches to study poems within late eighteenth-century women’s novels. She looks at how the heroines in the novels are represented as able to make decisions because they compose original poetry. Their writing process is shown to enable them to order and compose new thoughts, which in turn uses and reflects a culture of amateur poetry composition that eighteenth-century readers would have been familiar with.

This argument involves using 4E cognitive approaches which offer the perspective that writing – in this case the poetical genre – can be used as a tool to order and revise thoughts and emotions. The approach offers a perspective that poetry gave female characters agency within the plot of the novels.

  • Yasemin Nurcan Hacioglu is Doctoral Research Fellow in Literature 
Tags: 4E Cognition, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Women Novel
Published Oct. 2, 2020 1:22 PM - Last modified May 4, 2022 12:11 PM