Stories and Minds


Stories and Minds

Cognitive Approaches to Literary Narrative

Edited by Lars Bernaerts, Dirk De Geest, Luc Herman, and Bart Vervaeck

Frontiers of Narrative Series

236 pages
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June 2013


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About the Book

How do narratives draw on our memory capacity? How is our attention guided when we are reading a literary narrative? What kind of empathy is triggered by intercultural novels? A cast of international scholars explores these and other questions from an interdisciplinary perspective in Stories and Minds, a collection of essays that discusses cutting-edge research in the field of cognitive narrative studies. Recent findings in the philosophy of mind and cognitive psychology, among other disciplines, are integrated in fresh theoretical perspectives and illustrated with accompanying analyses of literary fiction.

Pursuing such topics as narrative gaps, mental simulation in reading, theory of mind, and folk psychology, these essays address fundamental questions about the role of cognitive processes in literary narratives and in narrative comprehension. Stories and Minds reveals the rich possibilities for research along the nexus of narrative and mind.

Author Bio

Lars Bernaerts is a postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University. He teaches literary theory at the Free University of Brussels. Dirk De Geest is a professor of modern Dutch literature and literary theory at the KU Leuven. Luc Herman is a professor of American literature and narrative theory at the University of Antwerp. Bart Vervaeck is a professor of Dutch literature at Ghent University. Together with Luc Herman, he is the author of Handbook of Narrative Analysis (Nebraska, 2005).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Cognitive Narrative Studies: Themes and Variations
Lars Bernaerts, Dirk De Geest, Luc Herman, and Bart Vervaeck
Part 1. Minding the Reader
1. Minding the Text: Memory for Literary Narrative
Marisa Bortolussi and Peter Dixon
2. Rhetorical Control of Readers' Attention: Psychological and Stylistic Perspectives on Foreground and Background in Narrative
Catherine Emmott, Anthony J. Sanford, and Marc Alexander
3. Partial Views and the Promise of More: Minimal Cues and Narrative Understanding in Anna Karenina
Elaine Auyoung
Part 2. Experiencing Minds
4. Blind Reading: Toward an Enactivist Theory of the Reader's Imagination
Marco Caracciolo
5. The Words and Worlds of Literary Narrative: The Trade-off between Verbal Presence and Direct Presence in the Activity of Reading
Anežka Kuzmičová
6. Cycles of Narrative Necessity: Suspect Tellers and the Textuality of Fictional Minds
Maria Mäkelä
Part 3. Minds and Cultures
7. Other Stories, Other Minds: The Intercultural Potential of Cognitive Approaches to Narrative
Roy Sommer
8. Plot, Morality, and Folk Psychology Research
Bart Keunen
Afterword: Narrative and Mind: Directions for Inquiry
David Herman

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