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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292728882
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Part I: General and Theoretical Considerations
Chapter One. Arts in the Brain; or, What Might Neuroscience Tell Us?
Herbert Lindenberger

Chapter Two. Narrative as Nourishment
Ellen Spolsky

Chapter Three. Narrative Empathy
Suzanne Keen

Chapter Four. The Biolinguistic Turn: Toward a New Semiotics of Film
Javier GutiƩrrez-Rexach

Chapter Five. Voice and Perception: An Evolutionary Approach to the Basic Function of Narrative
Katja Mellmann

Chapter Six. Dreaming and Narrative Theory
Richard Walsh

Part II: A Selection of New Approaches
Chapter Seven. Cross-Cultural Mind-Reading; or, Coming to Terms with the Ethnic Mother in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior
Klarina Priborkin

Chapter Eight. Theory of Mind and Michael Fried's Absorption and Theatricality: Notes toward Cognitive Historicism
Lisa Zunshine

Chapter Nine. Garden Paths and Ineffable Effects: Abandoning Representation in Literature and Film
H. Porter Abbott

Chapter Ten. Consciousness, Ethics, and Narrative: Reading Literature in an Age of Torture
Patrick Colm Hogan

Chapter Eleven. Prophesying with Accents Terrible: Emotion and Appraisal in Macbeth
Lalita Pandit Hogan

Glossary
Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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