Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel (Theory and Interpretation of Narrative)
- Publish Date: 2006-03-05
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Lisa Zunshine
Why We Read Fiction offers a lucid overview of the most exciting area of research in contemporary cognitive psychology known as Theory of Mind and discusses its implications for literary studies. It covers a broad range of fictional narratives, from Richardsons Clarissa, Dostoyevskis Crime and Punishment, and Austens Pride and Prejudice to Woolfs Mrs. Dalloway, Nabokovs Lolita, and Hammetts The Maltese Falcon. Zunshines surprising new interpretations of well-known literary texts and popular cultural representations constantly prod her readers to rethink their own interest in fictional narrative. Written for a general audience, this study provides a jargon-free introduction to the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field known as cognitive approaches to literature and culture.