The Resource Why do we care about literary characters?, Blakey Vermeule

Why do we care about literary characters?, Blakey Vermeule

Label
Why do we care about literary characters?
Title
Why do we care about literary characters?
Statement of responsibility
Blakey Vermeule
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Blakey Vermeule wonders how readers become involved in the lives of fictional characters, people they know do not exist. She examines the ways in which readers' experiences of literature are affected by the emotional attachments they form to fictional characters and how those experiences then influence their social relationships in real life. She focuses on a range of topics, from intimate articulations of sexual desire, gender identity, ambition, and rivalry to larger issues brought on by rapid historical and economic change. Vermeule discusses the phenomenon of emotional attachment to literary characters primarily in terms of 18th-century British fiction but also considers the postmodern work of Thomas Mann, J. M. Coetzee, Ian McEwan, and Chinua Achebe." "From the perspective of cognitive science, Vermeule finds that caring about literary characters is not all that different from caring about other people, especially strangers. The tools used by literary authors to sharpen and focus reader interest tap into evolved neural mechanisms that trigger a caring response." "This book contributes to the emerging field of evolutionary literary criticism. Vermeule draws upon recent research in cognitive science to understand the mental processes underlying human social interactions without sacrificing solid literary criticism."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vermeule, Blakey
Dewey number
809.3/927
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN3352.P7
LC item number
V47 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fiction
  • Characters and characteristics in literature
  • Psychology and literature
  • Reader-response criticism
  • English fiction
Label
Why do we care about literary characters?, Blakey Vermeule
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The fictional among us -- The cognitive dimension -- What hails us? -- The literary endowment : five mind reading turns -- The fantasy of exposure and narrative development in eighteenth-century Britain -- God novels -- Gossip and literary narratives -- What's the matter with Miss Bates? -- Mind blindness -- Postmodernism reflects : J.M. Coetzee and the eighteenth-century novel
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 273 p.
Isbn
9780801893605
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009002903
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2072125-01umb_inst
  • 2049823
  • (OCoLC)300463113
Label
Why do we care about literary characters?, Blakey Vermeule
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The fictional among us -- The cognitive dimension -- What hails us? -- The literary endowment : five mind reading turns -- The fantasy of exposure and narrative development in eighteenth-century Britain -- God novels -- Gossip and literary narratives -- What's the matter with Miss Bates? -- Mind blindness -- Postmodernism reflects : J.M. Coetzee and the eighteenth-century novel
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvi, 273 p.
Isbn
9780801893605
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009002903
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2072125-01umb_inst
  • 2049823
  • (OCoLC)300463113

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