9780199740499-0199740496-Empathy and the Novel

Empathy and the Novel

ISBN-13: 9780199740499
ISBN-10: 0199740496
Edition: 1
Author: Keen, Suzanne
Publication date: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 276 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780199740499
ISBN-10: 0199740496
Edition: 1
Author: Keen, Suzanne
Publication date: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback 276 pages

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Acknowledged authors Keen, Suzanne wrote Empathy and the Novel comprising 276 pages back in 2010. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0199740496 and 9780199740499. Since then Empathy and the Novel textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Does empathy felt while reading fiction actually cultivate a sense of connection, leading to altruistic actions on behalf of real others? Empathy and the Novel presents a comprehensive account of the relationships among novel reading, empathy, and altruism. Drawing on psychology, narrative theory, neuroscience, literary history, philosophy, and recent scholarship in discourse processing, Keen brings together resources and challenges for the literary study of empathy and the psychological study of fiction reading. Empathy robustly enters into affective responses to fiction, yet its role in shaping the behavior of emotional readers has been debated for three centuries. Keen surveys these debates and illustrates the techniques that invite empathetic response. She argues that the perception of fictiveness increases the likelihood of readers' empathy in part by releasing them from the guarded responses necessitated by the demands of real others. Narrative empathy is a strategy and subject of contemporary novelists from around the world, writers who tacitly endorse the potential universality of human emotions when they call upon their readers' empathy. If narrative empathy is to be taken seriously, Keen suggests, then women's reading and responses to popular fiction occupy a central position in literary inquiry, and cognitive literary studies should extend its range beyond canonical novels. In short, Keen's study extends the playing field for literature practitioners, causing it to resemble more closely that wide open landscape inhabited by readers.

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