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This chapter outlines the principles of cognitive narratology and how they can be applied to the apocalypse as a whole. It shows how the vivid pictorial and imagistic elements of the apocalypse, combined with literary techniques and the acknowledged oral context, trigger the cognitive structure of the mind and make the narrative intelligible to the extent that it is significantly memorable. Rather than considering the complexity of the apocalypse a weakness, the analysis points to the possibility of structuration through the notion of experientiality. The analysis applies to the Apocalypse the option that narratologist Monika Fludernik proposes for texts which tend to disrupt their expected realistic frames.

Keywords: Apocalypse; cognitive narratology



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