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On the origin of stories : evolution, cognition, and fiction

Author: Brian Boyd
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.
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Boyd, Brian, 1952-
On the origin of stories.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009
(DLC) 2009007642
(OCoLC)261174055
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Boyd
ISBN: 9780674053595 0674053591 0674033574 9780674033573
OCLC Number: 648759744
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 540 p.) : ill.
Contents: Introduction: Animal, human, art, story --
Book 1: Evolution, art, and fiction. Part 1. Evolution and nature. Evolution and human nature? ; Evolution, adaptation, and adapted minds ; The evolution of intelligence ; The evolution of cooperation --
Part 2. Evolution and art. Art as adaptation? ; Art as cognitive play ; Art and attention ; From tradition to innovation --
Part 3. Evolution and fiction. Art, narrative, fiction ; Understanding and recalling events ; Narrative: representing events ; Fiction: inventing events ; Fiction as adaptation --
Book II: From Zeus to Seuss: origins of stories. Part 4. Phylogeny: the Odyssey. Earning attention (1): natural patterns: character and plot ; Earning attention (s): open-ended patterns: ironies of structure ; The evolution of intelligence (1): in the here and now ; The evolution of intelligence (2): beyond the here and now ; The evolution of cooperation (1): expanding the circle ; The evolution of cooperation (2): punishment --
Part 5. Ontogeny: Horton hears a who! Levels of explanation: universal, local, and individual ; Levels of explanation: individuality again ; Levels of explanation: particular ; Meanings --
Conclusion: Retrospect and prospects: evolution, literature, criticism --
Afterward: Evolution, art, story, purpose.
Responsibility: Brian Boyd.

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On the Origin of Stories may have an impact far beyond academic circles...No one thinks on this scale anymore. Bent to the cultivation of shrinking plots of expertise, enlivened by the occasional Read more...

 
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I've been borrowing this book out to my friends for years!

by masimon93 (WorldCat user published 2015-03-10) Excellent Permalink

Why tell stories? Why make them up? Why this and that, Brian Boyd digs deep and deeply provocates. He outlines a literary/art studies + psychology + evolutionary call to action (evocriticism!) against the predominant Post-Modern Critical Theory paradigm (that he just refers to as Theory) that was...
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