Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction: The Mind and its Stories: Narrative Universals and Human Emotion (Hardback)
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Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction: The Mind and its Stories: Narrative Universals and Human Emotion (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 29/09/2003
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There are profound, extensive, and surprising universals in literature, which are bound up with universals in emotion. Hogan maintains that debates over the cultural specificity of emotion are misdirected because they have ignored a vast body of data that bear directly on the way different cultures imagine and experience emotion - literature. This is the first empirically and cognitively based discussion of narrative universals. Professor Hogan argues that, to a remarkable degree, the stories people admire in different cultures follow a limited number of patterns and that these patterns are determined by cross-culturally constant ideas about emotion. In formulating his argument, Professor Hogan draws on his extensive reading in world literature, experimental research treating emotion and emotion concepts, and methodological principles from the contemporary linguistics and the philosophy of science. He concludes with a discussion of the relations among narrative, emotion concepts, and the biological and social components of emotion.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521825276
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 234 x 159 x 27 mm


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'Hogan's work usefully compares non-Europeans and 'Euro-American' conceptions of literary universals.' Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory
"This marvelous book reconnects the study of literature to the themes that have made it eternally fascinating, and connects it for the first time to the sciences of mind and brain. It is a landmark in modern intellectual life, heralding an exciting new integration of the sciences and humanities." Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Pscychology, Harvard University, and author of The Blank Slate, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct.
"With painstaking scholarship and subtle theorizing, Patrick Colm Hogan marshals a compelling case for the trans-cultural reach of narrative forms. He shows in rich detail how plot structures recurring across world literature express emotional universals. The Mind and Its Stories is stimulating on several levels. It contributes a nuanced conception of universals to the philosophical debate. It offers cognitive scientists a remarkable occasion for rethinking the relation of emotion to culture and to human nature. And by providng enormously wide-ranging evidence for narrative universals, Hogan may touch off nothing short of a revolution in literary studies." David Bordwell, Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"The Mind and its Stories is in the forefront of the scientific study of literatre as a product of the capacities of the human mind. Patrick Colm Hogan shows how human cognitive processes of story lie at the center of both cognitive science and the study of verbal art." Mark Turner, Distinguished University Professor, The University of Maryland and Associate Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

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