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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (3): 549–568.
Published: 01 September 2017
... are the moral purposes behind gaining information about other characters’ thoughts and attempts to conceal one’s own? This essay considers how the discourses of Scott, Macaulay, and Dickens reflect their ethical perspectives on the actions of the groups presented in the three example texts. Fictional...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (2): 205–222.
Published: 01 June 2020
... Dacher 2010 . “ Social Class, Contextualism, and Empathic Accuracy .” Psychological Science 21 , no. 11 : 1716 – 23 . Landy Joshua . 2012 . How to Do Things with Fictions . New York : Oxford University Press . Lee Haiyan . 2007 . Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy...
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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (3): 543–557.
Published: 01 September 2019
... of a Protagonist .” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 13 , no. 2 : 155 – 65 . doi. org/10.1016/S0022–1031(77)80008–5 . moral psychology of fiction revenge Copyright © 2019 by Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics 2019 ...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (1): 1–53.
Published: 01 March 2011
... and Affective Psychologies: The Cognitive Strain in Victorian Novel Theories , Victorian Studies 46 : 206 – 16 . 2007 The Physiology of the Novel: Reading, Neural Science and the Form of Victorian Fiction ( Oxford : University Press ). Darwin Charles 1998 [1872, 1889] The Expression...
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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (3): 453–473.
Published: 01 September 2019
... , no. 1 : 28 – 47 . Dodell-Feder David Tamir Diana I. . 2018 . “ Fiction Reading Has a Small Positive Impact on Social Cognition: A Meta-Analysis .” Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 147 , no. 11 : 1713 – 27 . Fong Katrina Mullin Justin B. Mar Raymond...
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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (3): 519–541.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Mark Bracher Drawing on empirical studies, the article argues that developing moral character and advancing social justice through literary study is both eminently feasible and profoundly ethical, and that claims to the contrary are based on faulty notions of the psychological bases of morality...
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Poetics Today (2009) 30 (3): 561–607.
Published: 01 September 2009
... of fictional narratives can complement approaches to the study of reader response that rely exclusively, or heavily, on psychological assumptions. I demonstrate some of the advantages of a narratologically based approach by analyzing in detail Toni Cade Bambara's short story “The Hammer Man.” I contend...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (2): 255–288.
Published: 01 June 2011
... theory of narrative empathy, these arguments suggest that our relationships with fictional characters can help overcome psychological and sociological obstacles that define and restrict our relationships with other people. In the second half of the paper, I turn to Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel Mary...
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Poetics Today (2017) 38 (2): 341–362.
Published: 01 June 2017
... to the experience of reading, showing the forms of sensuous interaction in which literary reading has its roots. The model of reading presented in Goethe's text is contextualized with reference to debates about fiction circa 1800 but also to developmental psychology research into the emotional preconditions...
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Poetics Today (2020) 41 (4): 739–748.
Published: 01 December 2020
... abilities, which similarly holds for any narrative. Perspectival abilities have been con- sidered central moral or at least prosocial effects of reading fictional narra- tives, respectively, by Martha C. Nussbaum (1990) and Frank Hakemulder (2000), among others. Currently, empirical research...
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Poetics Today (2019) 40 (3): 559–577.
Published: 01 September 2019
... : Routledge . Nussbaum Martha C. 1997 . Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education . Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press . Oatley Keith . 2011 . Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction . Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell . Pancake Ann...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (2): 349–389.
Published: 01 June 2011
...Suzanne Keen Pursuing my earlier theory of strategic narrative empathy, this essay shows Thomas Hardy's bounded strategic empathy for his fictional creations, Wessex countrymen and women; his ambassadorial strategic empathy for animals and select members of despised outgroups; and his broadcast...
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Poetics Today (2008) 29 (3): 387–436.
Published: 01 September 2008
.... With Jason Bourne the reader introjects a narrative self, in spite of moral and psychological uncertainties attached to his person; with Carlos, partly because (with one shady and ironized exception) he does not focalize the narrative, partly because every enemy of Jason Bourne is also...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (4): 795–805.
Published: 01 December 2007
...—on the “ethical import of actions and experiences of fictional characters” (McGinn 1997: 3 To give only one example: Phelan’s reader does not ostensibly take moral excep- tion to Nabokov’s Lolita based on tacitly presupposed moral standards according to which even the detailed depiction...
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Poetics Today (2004) 25 (4): 573–594.
Published: 01 December 2004
... significance in ethical matters (nor its recourse to devices that have been said to be char- acteristic of literature, such as fiction, figural language, etc it is simply to foreground the fact that our moral education has not, fundamentally, been entrusted to ethics. Nursery rhymes, stories, plays, verbal...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (1): 213–214.
Published: 01 March 2011
.... Lapsley), and Handbook of Moral and Character Education (with Larry Nucci). Jane F. Thrailkill is associate professor of Eng­lish and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her first book, Affecting Fictions (2007), draws on neuroscience to affirm the emotive...
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Poetics Today (2007) 28 (4): 817–818.
Published: 01 December 2007
... Studies at Utrecht University and the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He specialized in the psychology of literature, focusing on the effects of reading literary texts on attitudes. On this subject, he published several books and articles, among them...
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Poetics Today (2013) 34 (3): 327–360.
Published: 01 September 2013
... “The Rise of the Neuronovel,” Roth (2009) claims that, in Anglo-American fiction, the traditional psychological or consciousness novel has given place to novels that turn from the workings of the mind to the mechanics of the brain. According to Roth, the shift (which he may have been overstating) began...
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Poetics Today (2011) 32 (2): 235–253.
Published: 01 June 2011
... developed eighteenth-­century moral psychology, I, for one, feel quite sure that some demonic sylph was standing behind the statue, and waiting for the right moment to fling his airy little body onto it and topple it over. But if you do not believe in sylphs, and if you are more up to date than I am...
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Poetics Today (2002) 23 (1): 91–122.
Published: 01 March 2002
... to this apparent contradiction by examining how Behn employs the psychology of transgressive love to model the relation between the king and his subjects. By drawing selectively from the different sets of inferences present in the conceptual spaces of passionate love and autocratic power, Behn produces an unstable...