Toward a Cognitive Theory of Narrative Acts [NOOK Book]

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Toward a Cognitive Theory of Narrative Acts brings together in one volume cutting-edge research that turns to recent findings in cognitive and neurobiological sciences, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and evolutionary biology, among other disciplines, to explore and understand more deeply various cultural phenomena, including art, music, literature, and film. The essays fulfilling this task for the general reader as well as the specialist are written by renowned authors H. Porter Abbott, Patrick Colm Hogan, ...
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Toward a Cognitive Theory of Narrative Acts

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Overview

Toward a Cognitive Theory of Narrative Acts brings together in one volume cutting-edge research that turns to recent findings in cognitive and neurobiological sciences, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and evolutionary biology, among other disciplines, to explore and understand more deeply various cultural phenomena, including art, music, literature, and film. The essays fulfilling this task for the general reader as well as the specialist are written by renowned authors H. Porter Abbott, Patrick Colm Hogan, Suzanne Keen, Herbert Lindenberger, Lisa Zunshine, Katja Mellman, Lalita Pandit Hogan, Klarina Priborkin, Javier GutiƩrrez-Rexach, Ellen Spolsky, and Richard Walsh. Among the works analyzed are plays by Samuel Beckett, novels by Maxine Hong Kingston, music compositions by Igor Stravinsky, art by Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, and films by Michael Haneke. Each of the essays shows in a systematic, clear, and precise way how music, art, literature, and film work in and of themselves and also how they are interconnected. Finally, while each of the essays is unique in style and methodological approach, together they show the way toward a unified knowledge of artistic creativity.
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Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Sciences and Humanities Matter as One Frederick Luis Aldama 1

Part I General and Theoretical Considerations 11

1 Arts in the Brain; or, What Might Neuroscience Tell Us? Herbert Lindenberger 13

2 Narrative as Nourishment Ellen Spolsky 37

3 Narrative Empathy Suzanne Keen 61

4 The Biolinguistic Turn: Toward a New Semiotics of Film Javier GutiƩrrez-Rexach 95

5 Voice and Perception: An Evolutionary Approach to the Basic Functions of Narrative Katja Mellmann 119

6 Dreaming and Narrative Theory Richard Walsh 141

Part II A Selection of New Approaches 159

7 Cross-Cultural Mind-Reading; or, Coming to Terms with the Ethnic Mother in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior Klarina Priborkin 161

8 Theory of Mind and Michael Fried's Absorption and Theatricality: Notes toward Cognitive Historicism Lisa Zunshine 179

9 Garden Paths and Ineffable Effects: Abandoning Representation in Literature and Film H. Porter Abbott 205

10 Consciousness, Ethics, and Narrative: Reading Literature in an Age of Torture Patrick Colm Hogan 227

11 Prophesying with Accents Terrible: Emotion and Appraisal in Macbeth Lalita Pandit Hogan 251

Glossary 281

Bibliography 285

Contributors 313

Index 317

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