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TheStorytelling Animal : how stories make us human

Author: Jonathan Gottschall
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, cop. 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : English
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Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies. We devour novels, films, and plays. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. It's easy to say that humans are "wired" for story, but why? In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He argues  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Gottschall
ISBN: 9780547391403 0547391404 9780544002340 0544002342
OCLC Number: 817082752
Description: xvii, 248 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The witchery of story --
The riddle of fiction --
Hell is story-friendly --
Night story --
The mind is a storyteller --
The moral of the story --
Ink people change the world --
Life stories --
The future of story.
Responsibility: Jonathan Gottschall.

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Humans live in landscapes of make-believe. We spin fantasies. We devour novels, films, and plays. Even sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. It's easy to say that humans are "wired" for story, but why? In this delightful and original book, Jonathan Gottschall offers the first unified theory of storytelling. He argues that stories help us navigate life's complex social problems--just as flight simulators prepare pilots for difficult situations. Storytelling has evolved, like other behaviors, to ensure our survival.

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