The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative (Rethinking Theory)

The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative (Rethinking Theory)

Jonathan Gottschall, David Sloan Wilson


In fresh years, articles in significant periodicals from the New York occasions Magazine to the Times Literary Supplement have heralded the coming of a brand new college of literary stories that promises-or threatens-to profoundly shift the present paradigm. This innovative strategy, referred to as Darwinian literary reviews, is predicated on a couple of easy premises: evolution has produced a common panorama of the human brain that may be scientifically mapped; those common traits are mirrored within the composition, reception, and interpretation of literary works; and an knowing of the evolutionary foundations of human habit, psychology, and tradition will let literary students to realize strong new views at the parts, shape, and nature of storytelling.

The target of this publication is to beat a number of the frequent misunderstandings in regards to the which means of a Darwinian method of the human brain as a rule, and literature in particular. the quantity brings jointly students from the leading edge of the hot box of evolutionary literary analysis-both literary analysts who've made evolution their explanatory framework and evolutionist scientists who've taken a significant curiosity in literature-to exhibit how the human propensity for literature and paintings could be effectively framed as a real evolutionary challenge. Their paintings is a vital step towards the long-prophesied synthesis of the arts and what Steven Pinker calls "the new sciences of human nature."

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