Cognitive Science, Literature, and the Arts: A Guide for Humanists

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 244 pages
The rise cognitive science has been one of the most important intellectual developments of recent years, stimulating new approaches to everything from philosophy to film studies. This is an introduction to what cognitive science has to offer the humanities and particularly the study of literature. Hogan suggests how the human brain works and makes us feel in response to literature. He walks the reader through all of the major theories of cognitive science that are important for the humanities in order to understand the production and reception of literature.
 

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Contents

Why Cognitive Science Now?
1
Thinking Jazz
7
Chapter 2 Is It Cognitive Science Yet? Some Basic Principles
29
Maestros and Geniuses
59
Where the Metaphors Are
87
Narrative or Getting the Story Straight
115
How Literature Makes Us Feel
140
Art Empathy and the Brain
166
Blindness and Insight in the Explanation of Art and Mind
191
Notes
219
Works Cited
227
Index
235
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Patrick Colm Hogan is Professor of English and Comparative literature at the University of Connecticut.His many books include The Culture of Conformism, Philosophical Approaches to the Study of Literature, Colonialism and Cultural Identity, and The Politics of Interpretation.

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