Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 November 2019

256 Pages | 20

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9781474454315

Bookseller Code (06)

Narrative Humanism

Kindness and Complexity in Fiction and Film

Wyatt Moss-Wellington

Published by Edinburgh University Press

  • Provides scholarly resources for evaluating the ethics, politics and psychology of our attempts to capture the complexity of other lives in narrative
  • Offers a critique of post-Foucaultian literary and film theory, demonstrating how it is possible to make the conditions of human altruism (rather than its converse, power relations and exploitation) central to our analytical work
  • Broadens the scope of cognitive media theory, reintegrating some of cognitive science's formative disciplines
  • Details both a "humanist hermeneutics", a practical guide to performing humanist readings of narrative texts and "social narratology", a taxonomy of the social functions of fiction
  • Demonstrates the use of narrative humanism in two case studies at the level of genre theory (the suburban ensemble film), and close reading (Ron Howard's 1989 film Parenthood)
  • Distinguishes a narrative-based humanism from related philosophies, including Renaissance humanism and contemporary secular humanism

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