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Jane on the brain : exploring the science of social intelligence with Jane Austen

Author: Wendy S Jones
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Pegasus books editionView all editions and formats
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"Why is Jane Austen so phenomenally popular? Why do we read Pride and Prejudice again and again? Why do we delight in Emma's mischievous schemes? Why do we care that Anne Elliot of Persuasion suffers? We care because it is our biological destiny to be interested in people and their stories--the human brain is a social brain. And Austen's characters are so believable, that for many of us, they are not just imaginary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Jane Austen; Jane Austen; Jane Austen
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy S Jones
ISBN: 9781681775548 1681775549 9781643130347 164313034X
OCLC Number: 975112215
Description: xix, 392 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Empathic Austen --
Precious feelings --
Pride and prejudice and brains --
The sense of sensibility --
I never knew myself --
Changing your mind --
The map of love --
Ties that bond --
Growing regulation --
Empathic Emma --
Mentalizing and reality --
Crimes of the heartless: empathy disorders, part one --
Crimes of the heartless: empathy disorders, part two --
'No one so proper, so capable'.
Responsibility: Wendy Jones.

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A Jane Austen scholar and therapist reveals Austen's intuitive ability to imbue her characters with the hallmarks of social intelligence.  Read more...

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"A psychotherapist and an English professor, Jones wears both hats simultaneously to describe why Jane Austen's novels appeal to the human brain, which craves sociability." * New York Times Book Read more...

 
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