Deeper than Reason: Emotion and its Role in Literature, Music, and Art by Jenefer Robinson

Deeper than Reason: Emotion and its Role in Literature, Music, and Art

byJenefer Robinson

Paperback | May 19, 2007

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Deeper than Reason takes the insights of modern psychological and neuroscientific research on the emotions and brings them to bear on questions about our emotional involvement with the arts. Robinson begins by laying out a theory of emotion, one that is supported by the best evidence fromcurrent empirical work on emotions, and then in the light of this theory examines some of the ways in which the emotions function in the arts. Written in a clear and engaging style, her book will make fascinating reading for anyone who is interested in the emotions and how they work, as well asanyone engaged with the arts and aesthetics, especially with questions about emotional expression in the arts, emotional experience of art forms, and, more generally, artistic interpretation.Part One develops a theory of emotions as processes, having at their core non-cognitive 'instinctive' appraisals, 'deeper than reason', which automatically induce physiological changes and action tendencies, and which then give way to cognitive monitoring of the situation. Part Two examines the roleof the emotions in understanding literature, especially the great realistic novels of the nineteenth century. Robinson argues that such works need to be experienced emotionally if they are to be properly understood. A detailed reading of Edith Wharton's novel The Reef demonstrates how a great novelcan educate us emotionally by first evoking instinctive emotional responses and then getting us to cognitively monitor and reflect upon them. Part Three puts forward a new Romantic theory of emotional expression in the arts. Part Four deals with music, both the emotional expression of emotion inmusic, whether vocal or instrumental, and the arousal of emotion by music. The way music arouses emotion lends indirect support to the theory of emotion outlined in Part One. While grounded in the science of emotion, Deeper than Reason demonstrates the continuing importance of the arts and humanities to our lives.

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Jenefer Robinson is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati.

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Title:Deeper than Reason: Emotion and its Role in Literature, Music, and ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.14 inPublished:May 19, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199204268

ISBN - 13:9780199204267

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Table of Contents

I. What are Emotions and How do they Operate?1. Emotions as Judgements2. Boiling of the Blood3. Emotion as ProcessII. Emotion in Literature4. The Importance of Being Emotional5. Puzzles and Paradoxes6. A Sentimental Education7. Formal Devices as Coping MechanismsIII. Expressing Emotions in the Arts8. Pouring Forth the Soul9. A New Romantic Theory of ExpressionIV. Music and the Emotions10. Emotional Expression in Music11. The Expression of Emotion in Instrumental Music12. Listening with Emotion: how our emotions help us to understand music13. Feeling the Music14. Epilogue

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`vital reading for anyone concerned with philosophy of emotion or philosophy of art.'Mind