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The Literary Mind


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Named as an Outstanding Academic Book of 1997 by CHOICE

Table of Contents

1: Bedtime with Shahrazad 2: Human Meaning 3: Body Action 4: Figured Tales 5: Creative Blends 6: Many Spaces 7: Single Lives 8: Language Notes Further Reading on Image Schemas Index

About the Author

Mark Turner is Institute Professor and Professor and Chair of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University.


"By blending neuroscience and literary history in The Literary Mind, Turner has created a story of his own, certain to set billions of neurons firing....[An] audacious and remarkable book. "--Toronto Globe and Mail "Turner argues his case with brilliance and tenacity. I for one am convinced."--Philosophy and Literature "An incredibly rich overview of Turner's newest ideas, offering scholars in both the humanities and cognitive sciences an excellent tutorial on the literary mind."--Raymond Gibbs, Jr., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz "Outstanding. This book will be a marvelous way for people to get into cognitive science."--Suzanne E. Kemmer, Professor of Linguistics, Rice University "Turner's forceful book starts by showing how we use storying and metaphor to understand everything from pouring a cup of coffee to Proust. It ends with the splendidly bold claim that this storying, literary mind comes first, before all other kinds of thought, even language itself. Adventurous and convincing, Turner's work launches a new understanding, not only of literature, but of what it is to have a human brain. To read it is to think about thinking in a way you never have."--Norman N. Holland, Marston-Milbauer Professor of English, University of Florida "A garden of many delights to be enjoyed by literary and scientific minds? An elegant bridge between two worlds? Other mixed (blended) metaphors apply to this book provided they tell the reader that this is an intelligent text, equally valuable to literary scholars and cognitive scientists."--Antonio R. Damasio, Professor of Neurology, University of Iowa, and author of Descartes' Error Review of THE LITERARY MIND: "A startling philosophical investigation of the central role story plays in human cognition. With resort to the tools of modern linguistics, to the fascinating work of neuroscientists such as Gerald Edelman, to the literary inventions of Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, and Proust, Mark Turner, co author of the instructive study of classic prose style, Clear and Simple as the Truth, examines how story, projection, and parable "make everyday life possible." . . . This is a challenging but rewarding book, filled with seminal concepts that will ramify throughout your understanding of consciousness, thought, literature, and the origin and nature of language." James Mustich, Jr., A Common Reader (January 1997, page 75). "A lucid and engaging introduction to a complex field nobody can afford to ignore."--Discover Magazine "By blending neuroscience and literary history in The Literary Mind, Turner has created a story of his own, certain to set billions of neurons firing....Audacious and remarkable book. "--Toronto Globe and Mail "A deeply thoughtful meditation."--Choice "A very rewarding and tightly argued book. The analyses are ingenious and well-founded. Turner's work must be highly recommended. . . . What Turner has achieved is important to the study of literature. Indeed, on the present North American scene it seems to be one of the most promising approaches." - Jorgen Dines Johansen, The Semiotic Review of Books "Bringing together so much from literature, folklore, linguistics, philosophy, and even neuroscience, The Literary Mind offers a boldly unified view of thinking. Because it posits the experience of telling and listening to stories rather than the hidden substructure of grammar as the basis for homo linguistics, it will be controversial. Nevertheless, Turner argues his case with brilliance and tenacity. I for one am convinced."--Dennis Dutton, Philosophy and Literature "Written in a crystal-clear style, Turner's book is a triumph of objective literary studies and an example of intelligence, open-mindedness, and intellectual courage."--Thomas Pavel (University of Chicago) Modern Philology

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