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Narrative Theory and the Cognitive Sciences

Research on human intelligence has postulated that studying the structure and use of stories can provide important insight into the roots of self and the nature of thinking. In that spirit, this volume focuses on narrative as a crossroads where cognitive and social psychology, linguistics, literary theory, and the recent hybrid called "cognitive narratology" intersect, suggesting new directions for the cognitive sciences. The ideas contained here demonstrate the importance of narrative as a cognitive style, a genre of discourse, and a resource for literary writing and other forms of communication.

363 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2003

Lecture Notes

Cognitive Science: Language

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
David Herman
I: Approaches to Narrative and Cognition
2. Cognitive Psychological Foundations of Narrative Experiences
Richard J. Gerrig and Giovanna Egidi
3. Narrative Construction, Cognitive Processing, and Health
Kitty Klein
4. Semantics and Narrative in Therapeutic Discourse
William Frawley, John T. Murray, and Raoul N. Smith
II: Narrative as Cognitive Endowment
5. Double-scope Stories
Mark Turner
6. Unnarratable Knowledge: The Difficulty of Understanding Evolution by Natural Selection
H. Porter Abbott
7. Stories as a Tool for Thinking
David Herman
III: New Directions for Cognitive Narratology
8. Awake! Open your eyes! The Cognitive Logic of External and Internal Stories
Manfred Jahn
9. Cognitive Maps and the Construction of Narrative Space
Marie-Laure Ryan
10. Natural Narratology and Cognitive Parameters
Monika Fludernik
IV: Fictional Minds
11. Cognitive Science, the Thinking Mind, and Literary Narrative
Uri Margolin
12. Constructing Social Space: Sociocognitive Factors in the Interpretation of Character Relations
Catherine Emmott
13. The Mind Beyond the Skin
Alan Palmer
Name Index
Subject Index

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