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Adapted brains and imaginary worlds : cognitive science and the literature of the Renaissance

Author: Donald Beecher
Publisher: Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016.
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"The literary discipline is based on principles of structure and language, is concerned with interpreting the emotions in characters comprising humanity in all its variety reacting to the provocations of their imaginary worlds, and encompasses our cognitive and affective reactions to those representations. So much of what we take from reading, though, is not linked to language: linguistic prompts merely set in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Beecher, Donald, author.
Adapted brains and imaginary worlds.:
Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2016] ©2016
(CaOONL)20159067588
(OCoLC)923568423
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Beecher
ISBN: 9780773598522 0773598529 9780773598539 0773598537 9780773546806 0773546804 9780773546813 0773546812
OCLC Number: 923567633
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover ; Title; Copyright; Contents; 1 On the Obsessions of Selfhood: Doctor Faustus and the Dramatization of Consciousness; 2 The Biogenesis of Ethics and the Challenge of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure; 3 On the Emotional Intentionality of Criminal Protagonists: The Yorkshire Tragedy; 4 On the Systemic Properties of Recollection: Emboxed Narratives and the Limits of Memory in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene and Thomas North's The Moral Philosophy of Doni; 5 Crying and the Ambiguity of Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well. 6 Toward a Cognitive Theory of Proverbs: The Dialogue of Solomon and Marcolphus7 Romance and the Universality of Human Nature: Heliodorus, Aethiopica and Robert Greene, Menaphon; 8 Suspense ... ; 9 Laughter's Shortfall: The Aesthetics of Renaissance Tragicomedy, The Witch of Edmonton and The History of James the Fourth; 10 Cognition, Conversion, and the Patterns of Religious Experience: Francesco Petrarch's Familiar Letters, IV. 1; 11 Folk Psychology and Theory of Mind: John Marston's The Fawn; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W.
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