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date: 04 April 2020

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This chapter provides an overview of ways of understanding the pleasures of reading, blending literary criticism with behavioral psychology. Pleasure has at least two basic functions with works of art, the first is to help identify salient elements of form, and second to release attention for exploration. While pleasure might be imagined to be the final result of engaging with a whole object, we show through an experiment the disjunction between pleasure and complete aesthetic form.

Keywords: psychology of reading, aesthetics, pleasure, poetry, imagery, sestina, form

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