Cognitive Science, Literature, and the Arts: A Guide for Humanists / Edition 1

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In the last two decades, fields from anthropology to zoology have been swept by "the cognitive revolution." In recent years, this revolution has begun to enter the study of literature and the arts as well.

Cognitive Science, Literature, and the Arts is the first general introduction to this exciting new field, written specifically for the non-scientist. In this book, Patrick Colm Hogan presents a lucid account of the major cognitive theories, focusing on those areas that are most important to fostering a new understanding of the production and reception of literature, as well as film, music, and art. Specifically, he explores the cognitive processing of music, the nature of creativity, the operation of metaphor, the resonance of narrative structure, and how the brain works and makes us feel as we read. Hogan illustrates these theories with detailed discussions of works by Shakespeare, Shelley, John Coltrane, and Picasso, as well as the popular film, Titanic.

This groundbreaking volume gives the reader access to the basic principles of cognitive science, and guides the reader through fascinating new research into the mind that is transforming our understanding of literature, film, music, and the visual arts.

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"Cognitive Science, Literature, and the Arts provides a much needed critical introduction to the cognitive study of the verbal, visual, and musical arts, basing its claims on the methods and findings of mainstream cognitive science. Written with authority, verve, and above all clarity, Hogan's exciting new book will prove an indispensable guide for those new to the field and a provocative and challenging overview for those already engaged in cognitive criticism and theory." Alan Richardson, Professor of English, Boston College and author of British Romanticism and the Science of the Mind
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415942454
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/20/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Colm Hogan is Professor of English and Comparative literature at the University of Connecticut.His many books include The Culture of Conformism, Philosophical Approaches to the Study of Literature, Colonialism and Cultural Identity, and The Politics of Interpretation.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. The Dustheap of History: Why Cognitive Science Now? 1
Ch. 1 "My Favorite Things": Thinking Jazz 7
Ch. 2 Is It Cognitive Science Yet? Some Basic Principles 29
Ch. 3 The Author: Maestros and Geniuses 59
Ch. 4 The Text (I): Where the Metaphors Are 87
Ch. 5 The Text (II): Narrative, or Getting the Story Straight 115
Ch. 6 The Reader: How Literature Makes Us Feel 140
Ch. 7 From Mind to Matter: Art, Empathy, and the Brain 166
Ch. 8 The Evolutionary Turn: Blindness and Insight in the Explanation of Art and Mind 191
Notes 219
Works Cited 227
Index 235
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