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L’esthétique perceptive et l’interprétation des finale littéraires à travers le cliffhanger (le cas du roman « Le Mystère de la chambre jaune » de Gaston Leroux)

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Academic Journal of Modern Philology

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cliffhanger   interruption of the story   ending   effect of suspense   narrative tension   sense of curiosity   perceptual activity of the reader


Academic Journal of Modern Philology is a scientific journal oriented towards interdisciplinary studies. AJMP has been included in the register of journals published by The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education with 70 points awarded. The journal seeks original articles on linguistics with special focus on comparative studies, anthropological linguistics, science of cognition, social communication and literary studies. Since the founding of the journal in 2012, it has been our goal to foster the development of linguistic studies through an open exchange of ideas, while maintaining the highest standards of academic publishing. Contributions are subject to a double-blind peer reviews for authenticity, ethical issues and usefulness. The reviewing procedure is supervised by the International Advisory Board. The articles are published mainly in English, German, French and Polish. Academic Journal of Modern Philology is an open access journal published annually by the Committee for Philology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch and the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław.


The paper aims to consider the phenomenon of the cliffhanger as one of the narrative techniques for ending a workof art. A cliffhanger involves creating intrigue or intense anticipation of the outcome both in the final part and inindividual episodes of the work. In literary texts, the cliffhanger is presented as a meta-narrative phenomenon, as thewriter offers a multi-vector development of the plot line involving complex situations and conflicts, the causes andsolutions of which are often hidden or unclear. Such plot modeling leads to in uncertainty, a sense of mystery andan emotional climax. It is the reader who must build a hypothetical relationship between the events and charactersdescribed, determining their place and role in the development of the topic, based on textual data, their own readingexperience, associations and perceptual abilities. Thus, a cliffhanger is an integral part of building and resolvingartistic conflicts. In the novel ‘The Secret of the Yellow Room’, it is represented by the actual linguistic and stylisticparameters and extralinguistic characteristics that stimulate the perceptual activity of the reader.

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e-ISSN 2353-3218   ISSN 2299-7164





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College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław