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What Literature Teaches Us about Emotion
     

What Literature Teaches Us about Emotion

by Patrick Colm Hogan
 

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ISBN-10: 1107002885

ISBN-13: 9781107002883

Pub. Date: 03/21/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Literature provides us with otherwise unavailable insights into the ways emotions are produced, experienced, and enacted in human social life. It is particularly valuable because it deepens our comprehension of the mutual relations between emotional response and ethical judgment. These are the central claims of Hogan's study, which carefully examines a range of highly

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Literature provides us with otherwise unavailable insights into the ways emotions are produced, experienced, and enacted in human social life. It is particularly valuable because it deepens our comprehension of the mutual relations between emotional response and ethical judgment. These are the central claims of Hogan's study, which carefully examines a range of highly esteemed literary works in the context of current neurobiological, psychological, sociological, and other empirical research. In this work, he explains the value of literary study for a cognitive science of emotion and outlines the emotional organization of the human mind. He explores the emotions of romantic love, grief, mirth, guilt, shame, jealousy, attachment, compassion, and pity – in each case drawing on one work by Shakespeare and one or more works by writers from different historical periods or different cultural backgrounds, such as the eleventh-century Chinese poet Li Ch'ing-Chao and the contemporary Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107002883
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/21/2011
Series:
Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction:
studying literature, studying emotion
1. Fictions and feelings:
on the place of literature in the study of emotion
2. What emotions are
3. Romantic love:
Sappho, Li Ch'ing-Chao, and Romeo and Juliet
4. Grief:
Kobayashi Issa and Hamlet
5. Mirth:
from Chinese jokes to A Comedy of Errors
6. Guilt, shame, jealousy:
The Strong Breed, Macbeth, Kagekiyo, and Othello
7. From attachment to ethical feeling:
Rabindranath Tagore and Measure for Measure
8. Compassion and pity:
The Tempest and Une Tempête
Afterword:
studying literature shaping emotion:
Madame Bovary and the sublime.

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