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Why We Read Fiction offers a lucid overview of the most exciting area of research in contemporary cognitive psychology known as “Theory of Mind” and discusses its implications for literary studies. It covers a broad range of fictional narratives, from Richardson’s Clarissa, Dostoyevski’s Crime and Punishment, and Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Nabokov’s Lolita, and Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. Zunshine’s surprising new interpretations of well-known literary texts and popular cultural representations constantly prod her readers to rethink their own interest in fictional narrative. Written for a general audience, this study provides a jargon-free introduction to the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field known as cognitive approaches to literature and culture.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page, Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Part 1. Attributing Minds
  2. pp. 1-44
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  1. Part 2. Tracking Minds
  2. pp. 45-118
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  1. Part 3. Concealing Minds
  2. pp. 119-156
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  1. Conclusion: Why Do We Read (and Write) Fiction?
  2. pp. 157-164
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 165-180
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 181-192
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 193-198
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  1. Other Titles in the Series
  2. pp. 199-200
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814272633
Related ISBN
9780814251515
MARC Record
OCLC
971252586
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-13
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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