Zunshine why we read fiction

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Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel by Lisa Zunshine

Why We Read Fiction offers a lucid overview of the most exciting area of research in contemporary cognitive psychology known as Theory of Mind and discusses its implications for literary studies. It covers a broad range of fictional narratives, from Richardson’s Clarissa, Dostoyevski’s Crime and Punishment, and Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Nabokov’s Lolita, and Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. Zunshine’s surprising new interpretations of well-known literary texts and popular cultural representations constantly prod her readers to rethink their own interest in fictional narrative. Written for a general audience, this study provides a jargon-free introduction to the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field known as cognitive approaches to literature and culture.
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Reading Fiction is Helping Me More Than I Knew

Zunshine, Lisa. Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, $ h.c. $ s.c.
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Lisa Zunshine

Dalloway , tremble when meeting Clarissa? The title of this book, however, offers an even more extensive claim. The reason why we read fiction, she contends, is because it exercises our mind-reading ability:. As a sustained representation of numerous interacting minds, the novel feeds the powerful, representation-hungry complex of cognitive adaptations whose very condition of being is a constant stimulation delivered either by direct interactions with other people or by imaginary approximation of such interactions Zunshine thus approaches fiction not through speech-act theory or questions of pretended beliefs, nor through mimesis and represented worlds, but through the stimulation and exercise of human sociability.

Why We Read Fiction offers a lucid overview of the most exciting area of research in contemporary cognitive psychology known as "Theory of Mind" and discusses its implications for literary studies. It covers a broad range of fictional narratives, from Richardson s Clarissa.
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Lisa Zunshine Zunshine sees our interest in the inner workings of the minds of others as a human baseline characteristic, one that can help explain both why fiction is written and why it works such magic on its readers. Humanities professors proclaim, with considerable relief, that the Theory Wars are over. The postmodernist and poststructuralist battles which reduced much of the scholarship of the liberal arts to a mad and maddening scramble for the pinnacle of obscurantism and abstruseness have passed, and the survivors have settled back into their armchairs to read a good book. What now, that the possibility that some books may actually mean something, that some few authors may actually have written with effective intent, has been resurrected — has been, at the very least, de-demonized? A while back, I wrote about two approaches to literary criticism, strategies that took their cues, even their methods, from more empirical disciplines. She writes:.

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