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Beauty and Sublimity: A Cognitive Aesthetics of Literature and the Arts

""It will be clear to readers by the end of this book, that I like beauty quite a bit" says Patrick Hogan; a prediction that does not disappoint. An enthusiastically written, thought provoking book, which applies cognition, neuroscience, and social-cognitive scientific thinking to our understanding of the distinction between beauty, the beautiful and the sublime. I like this book quite a bit."

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Affective Narratology: The Emotional Structure of Stories

Stories engage our emotions. We’ve known this at least since the days of Plato and Aristotle. What this book helps us to understand now is how our own emotions fundamentally organize and orient stories. In light of recent cognitive research and wide reading in different narrative traditions, Patrick Colm Hogan argues that the structure of stories is a systematic product of human emotion systems. Examining the ways in which incidents,...

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Ulysses And The Poetics Of Cognition

"This is a doubly brilliant book: set to become the standard account of Ulysses and the perfect exemplar so far of the richness that a cognitive scientific approach to literature can bring." --Peter Stockwell, Professor of Literary Linguistics, University of Nottingham, UK Given Ulysses’ perhaps unparalleled attention to the operations of the human mind, it is unsurprising that critics have explored the work’s psychology. Nonetheless...