General Conclusions

  • Davide Castiglione


This chapter summarises the advances brought by the model in the light of the analyses of Chapters  6 8. For stylistics, I propose a replicable method of difficulty analysis; for reader-response criticism, suggestions for future experimental testing; for typological criticism, a new aesthetic taxonomy that is theoretically sound and empirically testable. In addition, I gather the insights provided by the model on various neighbouring regions of difficulty. For instance, the issue of elitism is linked to LIDs that emphasise long-term memory (e.g. specialised vocabulary or intertextuality) over short-term memory (e.g. semantic incongruence, syntactic ambiguity). The chapter concludes by optimistically outlining future research paths (e.g. re-reading difficulty, difficulty in other traditions and genres), arguing that the study of poetic difficulty has just begun.


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  • Davide Castiglione
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  1. 1.Department of English PhilologyVilnius UniversityVilniusLithuania

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