Storytelling Animal How Stories Make Us Human
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Description: Humans live in landscapes of make believe: we spin fantasies, we devour novels, films, and plays—even our sporting events and criminal trials unfold as narratives. Yet the world of story has long remained an undiscovered and unmapped country. It’s easy to say that humans are "wired" for story, butwhy? Jonathan Gottschall shows how explorers from the sciences and humanities are using new tools, new ways of thinking, to solve the riddle of fiction. In this delightful and original book, he offers the first unified theory of storytelling. Gottschall argues that stories are a way of rehearsing life’s complex problems (studies show that people who read fiction are more empathetic). He explores the deep pattern in children’s make-believe, and what that reveals about story’s prehistoric origins. He shows how a story was partly responsible for the Holocaust, how schizophrenia is an example of the story mind run amok, and how all successful fiction is inherently moral. In doing so, he answers a question central to our existence: What does it mean to be a storytelling animal?
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/10/2012
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
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