Social Minds in the Novel

Social Minds in the Novel Social Minds in the Novel is the highly readable sequel to Alan Palmer s award winning and much acclaimed Fictional Minds Here he argues that because of its undue emphasis on the inner introspective

  • Title: Social Minds in the Novel
  • Author: Alan Palmer
  • ISBN: 9780814211410
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Social Minds in the Novel is the highly readable sequel to Alan Palmer s award winning and much acclaimed Fictional Minds Here he argues that because of its undue emphasis on the inner, introspective, private, solitary, and individual mind, literary theory tells only part of the story of how characters in novels think In addition to this internalist view, Palmer persuasiSocial Minds in the Novel is the highly readable sequel to Alan Palmer s award winning and much acclaimed Fictional Minds Here he argues that because of its undue emphasis on the inner, introspective, private, solitary, and individual mind, literary theory tells only part of the story of how characters in novels think In addition to this internalist view, Palmer persuasively advocates an externalist perspective on the outer, active, public, social, and embodied mind His analysis reveals, for example, that a good deal of fictional thought is intermental joint, group, shared, or collective Social Minds in the Novel Social minds are not of marginal interest they are central to our understanding of fictional storyworlds The purpose of this groundbreaking and important book is to put the complex and fascinating relationship between social and individual minds at the heart of narrative theory The book will be of interest to scholars in narrative theory, cognitive poetics or stylistics, cognitive approaches to literature, philosophy of mind, social psychology, and the nineteenth century novelcuses primarily on the epistemological and ethical debate in the nineteenth century novel about the extent of our knowledge of the workings of other minds and the purposes to which this knowledge should be put Palmer s illuminating approach is pursued through skillful and provocative readings of Bleak House, Middlemarch, and Persuasion, and, in addition, Evelyn Waugh s Men at Arms and Ian McEwan s Enduring Love.

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    1. Palmer points out that there is a pervasive bias toward private interiority in literary criticism, when the Victorian novel concerns itself as much if not more with exteriorized thinking practices. In other words, Palmer points to social identities and social thinking. While at first this move may seem counterintuitive, Palmer soon convinces me that the social side of thinking in the novel needs to be recovered.

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