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Elements of surprise : our mental limits and the satisfactions of plot

Author: Vera Tobin
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018. ©2018
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Elements of Surprise opens with an novel but narrow focus: how a particular cognitive bias, the "curse of knowledge," underwrites stories that rely on what it calls "well-made surprise," as seen in (for example) classic detective fiction--that is, surprises in novels, films, television, and plays that set us up to be fooled in ways we find pleasing and satisfying. But from there, the book expands its reach. At its  Read more...
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Tobin, Vera, 1975-
Elements of surprise : our mental limits and the satisfactions of plot.
Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, ©2018
332 pages
(DLC) 2017042678
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Vera Tobin
ISBN: 9780674919570 0674919572
OCLC Number: 1030304372
Awards: Short-listed for Christian Gauss Award 2019 (United States)
Description: 1 online resource (332 pages)
Contents: Elementary problems --
The curse of knowledge? --
The poetics of surprise --
The naming of things --
Revelations, recognitions, and the satisfactions of plot --
When unreliability is a surprise --
When narration itself is a surprise --
So many things are obvious (now that we're at the end).
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Reading classic and popular literature alongside the latest research in cognitive science, Vera Tobin shows that a good surprise works by taking advantage of cognitive biases, mental shortcuts, and  Read more...

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