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Published: 21 May 2015

320 Pages | 26 halftones


ISBN: 9780190232146

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The Contracts of Fiction

Cognition, Culture, Community

Ellen Spolsky

  • Argues not only that imaginative art performs a regulatory social function within human communities, but also that this function is grounded in biological needs
  • Illustrates how human artifacts serve as external prompts for how to solve a problem using examples that include the shapes of cocktail glasses, IKEA instructions, and the dagger that "asks" to be used by Macbeth
  • Uses biological homeostasis as a model for the claim that imaginative artifacts help to maintain the stability of human societies