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Affective Narratology. The Emotional Structure of Stories by Patrick Colm Hogan

By Patrick Colm Hogan

Stories have interaction our feelings. We’ve recognized this no less than because the days of Plato and Aristotle. What this booklet is helping us to appreciate now's how our personal feelings essentially manage and orient tales. In mild of modern cognitive examine and broad examining in numerous narrative traditions, Patrick Colm Hogan argues that the constitution of reports is a scientific made from human emotion structures. analyzing the ways that incidents, occasions, episodes, plots, and genres are a functionality of emotional procedures, he demonstrates that emotion structures are completely the most important for figuring out tales.

Hogan additionally makes a case for the possibly crucial position that tales play within the improvement of our emotional lives. He offers an in-depth account of the functionality of emotion inside of story—in frequent genres with romantic, heroic, and sacrificial constructions, and extra restricted genres treating parent/child separation, sexual pursuit, illegal activity, and revenge—as those look in numerous cross-cultural traditions. throughout the ebook Hogan develops interpretations of works starting from Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina to African oral epics, from Sanskrit comedy to Shakespearean tragedy.

Integrating the newest study in affective technology with narratology, this publication presents a strong explanatory account of narrative association.

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It is nonetheless a real goal. He goes to work, organizes his relation to his Before Stories 43 wife and children, interacts with friends and colleagues—all in such a way as to preserve the basic structure of his daily existence. He also has various subsidiary goals, ranging from having access to his wife’s wealth to avoiding unpleasant conflict. When he interprets the situation, when he understands that Dolly has learned of his affair, he places the new knowledge in the context of these goals.

Shame counsels concealment. 4 Our immediate response to this is the wish “to hide, disap36 Before Stories pear, or die” (as Lewis puts it in “Self-Conscious” 748). Note that this sense of shame further enhances Stiva’s self-consciousness about himself as the target of Dolly’s attention. This self-consciousness is likely to make him intensely aware of his own emotional expressions. The salience of these expressions increases the likelihood that he will isolate them in causal attribution for any subsequent incidents in Dolly’s emotional response.

Here we may return to the letter. The letter figures importantly because it is the salient object for causal attribution. Its salience is enhanced by Stiva’s expectation of handing Dolly the pear, an expectation that would draw his attention to anything she is holding, and of course by her following question, with its demonstrative repetition (“What is this? ”), presumably accompanied by appropriate movement. Indeed, the question itself is included in Stiva’s recollection primarily because it converges with Stiva’s attentional focus on the letter as the cause of Dolly’s emotion.

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