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DOI: 10.18413/2313-8912-2020-6-1-0-5

Cognitive schemes in the practice of creating sequels

The article is devoted to the problem of cognitive success of the sequel. The subject of the analysis is the author's cognitive schemes, which ideally should be reproduced in the secondary text (sequel), for its positive perception by readers. The relevance of studying cognitive schemes in secondary texts is related to the modern approach in text theory to explaining complex mental processes – perception, comprehension and reinterpretation, sense making. The sequel is seen as an embodiment of the will of the author, who consciously retains or does not retain connection with the original work. The writer's style is understood as a relatively calculable process: since the repetitive, discrete units, in particular, character actualization schemes, can be distinguished in it. The transfer of the concept of "scheme" from cognitive science to the study of individual style is possible due to the fact that cognitive linguistics also operates innumerable, reproducible schemes (schemes of representation of space). Jane Austen's classic novel “Pride and Prejudice” (1813) and its sequel, the “Independence of miss Mary Bennet” (2015), by contemporary author Colleen McCullough, provided the material for the study. The subject of the comparison is one of the main characters of the Austen’s novel – Mr. Darcy, in particular his "revival" on the pages of the original book and the sequel through the actualization of appearance, manners and behavior. The comparison considered the type of actualization (direct/indirect), as well as the specific stylistic tools of its implementation (free-indirect speech and change of points of view). The scheme of actualization of the character in the novel involves nomination and predication, i.e. give the answer to the question "what" is actualized by the author and "how". The analysis of the novel "Pride and Prejudice" showed that the individuality of Jane Austen's style manifests itself in the type\method of predication. Thus, the creation of a believable character, and hence the stylistic and logical continuation of the original is impossible without reliance on this author's cognitive scheme.

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