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Published: 10 June 2010

276 Pages


ISBN: 9780199740499

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Empathy and the Novel

Suzanne Keen

  • Provides a thorough account of the relevant research in psychology, discourse processing, neuroscience, and narrative theory.
  • Redresses the lack of attention to affect by literary scholars: practitioners of cognitive literary studies have long sought an emphasis on affect and Keen makes it an integral part of her study.
  • Presents groundbreaking new theory of narrative empathy: the empathy-altruism hypothesis, while valid for real human empathy and subsequent prosocial action, has not been demonstrated to work when the empathetic experience comes from reading fiction.

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