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How Authors' Minds Make Stories (Hardback)
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How Authors' Minds Make Stories (Hardback)

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Hardback 250 Pages / Published: 28/01/2013
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This book explores how the creations of great authors result from the same operations as our everyday counterfactual and hypothetical imaginations, which cognitive scientists refer to as 'simulations'. Drawing on detailed literary analyses as well as recent research in neuroscience and related fields, Patrick Colm Hogan develops a rigorous theory of the principles governing simulation that goes beyond any existing framework. He examines the functions and mechanisms of narrative imagination, with particular attention to the role of theory of mind, and relates this analysis to narrative universals. In the course of this theoretical discussion, Hogan explores works by Austen, Faulkner, Shakespeare, Racine, Brecht, Kafka and Calvino. He pays particular attention to the principles and parameters defining an author's narrative idiolect, examining the cognitive and emotional continuities that span an individual author's body of work.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107034402
Number of pages: 250
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


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"From his groundbreaking work on how the mind's stories resonate with themes that occur all around the world, Patrick Hogan takes on the question of how minds make stories. His answer is that it is by the same sort of imagination that we humans use to know each other. Hogan ranges cogently through examples from William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Jane Austen's Emma to Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis. He ends with an afterword, inspired by Italo Calvino, of a kind you won't find in any other academic book. Marvelous." - Keith Oatley, University of Toronto
"Patrick Hogan's provocative discussion of the role of simulation in literary composition demystifies literary narration by relating it to familiar mechanisms of reasoning and simulation. More important, he makes explicit cognitivist attempts at explanation so that we can try to evaluate how far cognitive approaches to narrative just provide an alternative vocabulary, and how far they offer additional explanatory power. As Hogan models the processes that underlie the creation of literary works, he outlines of a valuable program for poetics." - Jonathan Culler, Cornell University

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