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Toward a Cognitive Theory of Narrative Acts
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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 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: The Sciences and Humanities Matter as One
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part One. General and Theoretical Considerations
  2. p. 11
  1. Chapter One. Arts in the Brain; or, What Might Neuroscience Tell Us?
  2. pp. 13-36
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  1. Chapter Two. Narrative as Nourishment
  2. pp. 37-60
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  1. Chapter Three. Narrative Empathy
  2. pp. 61-94
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  1. Chapter Four. The Biolinguistic Turn: Toward a New Semiotics of Film
  2. pp. 95-118
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  1. Chapter Five. Voice and Perception: An Evolutionary Approach to the Basic Functions of Narrative
  2. pp. 119-140
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  1. Chapter Six. Dreaming and Narrative Theory
  2. pp. 141-158
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  1. Part Two. A Selection of New Approaches
  2. p. 159
  1. Chapter Seven. Cross-Cultural Mind-Reading; or, Coming to Terms with the Ethnic Mother in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior
  2. pp. 161-178
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  1. Chapter Eight. Theory of Mind and Michael Fried's Absorption and Theatricality: Notes toward Cognitive Historicism
  2. pp. 179-204
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  1. Chapter Nine. Garden Paths and Ineffable Effects: Abandoning Representation in Literature and Film
  2. pp. 205-226
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  1. Chapter Ten. Consciousness, Ethics, and Narrative: Reading Literature in an Age of Torture
  2. pp. 227-250
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  1. Chapter Eleven. Prophesying with Accents Terrible: Emotion and Appraisal in Macbeth
  2. pp. 251-280
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 281-284
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 285-312
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 313-316
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-328
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