Affective Narratology. The Emotional Structure of Stories by Patrick Colm Hogan

By Patrick Colm Hogan

Stories have interaction our feelings. We’ve recognized this at the very least because the days of Plato and Aristotle. What this ebook is helping us to appreciate now could be how our personal feelings essentially set up and orient tales. In mild of modern cognitive study and extensive interpreting in numerous narrative traditions, Patrick Colm Hogan argues that the constitution of reports is a scientific made of human emotion structures. interpreting the ways that incidents, occasions, episodes, plots, and genres are a functionality of emotional procedures, he demonstrates that emotion structures are totally the most important for figuring out tales.

Hogan additionally makes a case for the possibly necessary position that tales play within the improvement of our emotional lives. He presents an in-depth account of the functionality of emotion inside of story—in frequent genres with romantic, heroic, and sacrificial constructions, and extra restricted genres treating parent/child separation, sexual pursuit, criminal activity, and revenge—as those seem in a number of cross-cultural traditions. through the publication Hogan develops interpretations of works starting from Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina to African oral epics, from Sanskrit comedy to Shakespearean tragedy.

Integrating the newest study in affective technological know-how with narratology, this e-book offers a strong explanatory account of narrative association.

Show description

Read or Download Affective Narratology. The Emotional Structure of Stories PDF

Best rhetoric books

Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice

In a landmark collaboration, 5 co-authors advance a topic of standard disruptions ("the everyday") as a resource of provocative studying moments which may unlock either pupil writers and writing middle employees. even as, the authors parlay Etienne Wenger’s notion of "community of practice" into an ethos of a dynamic, learner-centered pedagogy that's in particular well-suited to the bizarre educating scenario of the writing middle.

Across Property Lines: Textual Ownership in Writing Groups

Candace Spigelman investigates the dynamics of possession in small workforce writing workshops, basing her findings on case experiences related to teams: a five-member artistic writing team assembly per month at a neighborhood Philadelphia espresso bar and a four-member college-level writing team assembly of their composition school room.

Mutuality in the Rhetoric and Composition Classroom

In Mutuality within the Rhetoric and Composition lecture room, David L. Wallace and Helen Rothschild Ewald indicate the centrality of rhetoric within the academy, saying the intimate connection among language and information making. additionally they tension the necessity for a metamorphosis within the roles of lecturers and scholars in today’s lecture room.

Additional resources for Affective Narratology. The Emotional Structure of Stories

Sample text

The target of Stiva’s smile is in part Dolly, suggesting his goodhearted friendliness. But the target is in part himself. Again, at this point, he is highly self-consciousness. With regard to himself, this smile suggests his sense of his own ludicrousness. He feels the smile to be “silly” because he feels himself to be silly. It may, then, be consistent with a sense of shame. Later in the novel, Tolstoy reports something of just this sort. Specifically, Levin smiles in such a way as to express the feeling that he is at once ridiculous and blameworthy: “Levin smiled at his own thoughts and shook his head at them disapprovingly; a feeling something like remorse tormented him” (581).

However, what is perhaps most striking about Stiva’s situation is that its emotional peaks are, for the most part, not large, rational, calculative, but small, immediate, spontaneous. The possibilities for large, interpretive plans guiding our emotional response to events has led many emotion theorists to explain emotion in terms of judgments about the relation between an occurrence or situation on the one hand, and our interests, needs, and desires on the other. At the same time, the possibilities for small, proximate occurrences to excite emotional responses has led other theorists to stress relatively mechanical and automatic processes.

Moreover, it is a theoretically opaque simplification since the notion of dialectic is an extra type of (indeed, a supernatural type of) causality in effect imposed upon the smaller, local, natural causes. In sum, ideology operates through the cognitive and affective structures and processes of the human mind, embedded in diverse networks. A set of ideas—for example, a story in a novel—may foster actions by its effects on inferential and motivational systems. Those actions may in turn be translated into justificatory criteria involving beliefs and goals.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.78 of 5 – based on 17 votes