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The Resource Why do we care about literary characters?, Blakey Vermeule, (electronic resource)

Why do we care about literary characters?, Blakey Vermeule, (electronic resource)

Label
Why do we care about literary characters?
Title
Why do we care about literary characters?
Statement of responsibility
Blakey Vermeule
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Vermeule 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." -- Publisher's website
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vermeule, Blakey
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
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, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-263) and index
Contents
The fictional among us -- The cognitive dimension -- What hails us? -- The literary endowment: five mind reading turns. four openings ; free indirect discourse ; Machiavellian narratives ; attention ; the drama of differential access to social information -- 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
Control code
ssj0000631330
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 273 p.)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9780801893605
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009002903
Other physical details
ill
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000631330
Label
Why do we care about literary characters?, Blakey Vermeule, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-263) and index
Contents
The fictional among us -- The cognitive dimension -- What hails us? -- The literary endowment: five mind reading turns. four openings ; free indirect discourse ; Machiavellian narratives ; attention ; the drama of differential access to social information -- 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
Control code
ssj0000631330
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 273 p.)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9780801893605
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009002903
Other physical details
ill
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000631330

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