Toward a Cognitive Theory of Narrative Acts

Paperback | May 1, 2011

EditorFrederick Luis Aldama

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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, Suzanne Keen, Herbert Lindenberger, Lisa Zunshine, Katja Mellman, Lalita Pandit Hogan, Klarina Priborkin, Javier Gutiérrez-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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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,...

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.83 inPublished:May 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: The Sciences and Humanities Matter as OneFrederick Luis AldamaPart I: General and Theoretical ConsiderationsChapter One. Arts in the Brain; or, What Might Neuroscience Tell Us?Herbert LindenbergerChapter Two. Narrative as NourishmentEllen SpolskyChapter Three. Narrative EmpathySuzanne KeenChapter Four. The Biolinguistic Turn: Toward a New Semiotics of FilmJavier Gutiérrez-RexachChapter Five. Voice and Perception: An Evolutionary Approach to the Basic Function of NarrativeKatja MellmannChapter Six. Dreaming and Narrative TheoryRichard WalshPart II: A Selection of New ApproachesChapter Seven. Cross-Cultural Mind-Reading; or, Coming to Terms with the Ethnic Mother in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman WarriorKlarina PriborkinChapter Eight. Theory of Mind and Michael Fried's Absorption and Theatricality: Notes toward Cognitive HistoricismLisa ZunshineChapter Nine. Garden Paths and Ineffable Effects: Abandoning Representation in Literature and FilmH. Porter AbbottChapter Ten. Consciousness, Ethics, and Narrative: Reading Literature in an Age of TorturePatrick Colm HoganChapter Eleven. Prophesying with Accents Terrible: Emotion and Appraisal in MacbethLalita Pandit HoganGlossaryBibliographyContributorsIndex