Why We Read Fiction Theory of Mind and the Novel

ISBN-10: 081425151X

ISBN-13: 9780814251515

Edition: 2006

Authors: Lisa Zunshine

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication date: 3/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 198
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Lisa Zunshine is a professor of English at the University of Kentucky and author of Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Attributing Minds
Why Did Peter Walsh Tremble?
What Is Mind-Reading (Also Known as Theory of Mind)?
Theory of Mind, Autism, and Fiction: Four Caveats
"Effortless" Mind-Reading
Why Do We Read Fiction?
The Novel as a Cognitive Experiment
Can Cognitive Science Tell Us Why We Are Afraid of Mrs. Dalloway?
The Relationship between a "Cognitive" Analysis of Mrs. Dalloway and the Larger Field of Literary Studies
Woolf, Pinker, and the Project of Interdisciplinarity
Tracking Minds
Whose Thought Is It, Anyway?
Metarepresentational Ability and Schizophrenia
Everyday Failures of Source-Monitoring
Monitoring Fictional States of Mind
"Fiction" and "History"
Tracking Minds in Beowulf
Don Quixote and His Progeny
Source-Monitoring, ToM, and the Figure of the Unreliable Narrator
Source-Monitoring and the Implied Author
Richardson's Clarissa: The Progress of the Elated Bridegroom
Mind-Games in Clarissa
Enter the Reader
Nabokov's Lolita: The Deadly Demon Meets and Destroys the Tenderhearted Boy
"Distributed" Mind-Reading I: A "comic, clumsy, wavering Prince Charming"
"Distributed" Mind-Reading II: An "immortal daemon disguised as a female child"
How Do We Know When Humbert Is Reliable?
Concealing Minds
ToM and the Detective Novel: What Does It Take to Suspect Everybody?
Why Is Reading a Detective Story a Lot like Lifting Weights at the Gym?
Metarepresentationality and Some Recurrent Patterns of the Detective Story
One Liar Is Expensive, Several Liars Are Insupportable
There Are No Material Clues Independent from Mind-Reading
Mind-Reading Is an Equal Opportunity Endeavor
"Alone Again, Naturally"
A Cognitive Evolutionary Perspective: Always Historicize!
Conclusion: Why do We Read (and Write) Fiction?
Authors Meet Their Readers
Is This Why We Read Fiction? Surely, There Is More to It!
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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