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Forming a semiotic system based on embodied experiences and their contexts, emotions, as semantic categories, are the first stage in processes of expression and communication. I lay the groundwork for an interdisciplinary semiotics of emotion in accordance with findings and stances taken in the fields of literary and cultural studies, neuroscience, and cognitive and comparative psychology. Narrative empathy (sometimes called narrative emotion), like emotion per se, stands upon processes of communication involving the interpretive capacities of feeling, cognitive processes of identification, and perspective-taking. Feeling, beginning as an interpretation of sensorial and neurologically driven values, intensifies through the cognitive-affectual interpretative processes of perspective-taking. With recursive (multi-perspectival) feeling resulting in intensifications of feeling we recognise as emotion, I define emotion as a complex recursive pattern of feeling and affect that calls attention to itself in terms that are readily identifiable with semantic categories such as love, hate, shame, sadness, and anger.
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This articles provides a useful overview of contemporary emotion theory and in making its argument that perspectives intensify feelings into recognisable emotions, unites the work of three leading scholars in emotion theory, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Antonio Damasio, and Michael Tomesello.
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This page is a summary of: Reading perspectives on feeling and the semiotics of emotion, Cognitive Semiotics, November 2022, De Gruyter, DOI: 10.1515/cogsem-2022-2016.
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