The Seduction of Fiction [electronic resource] :A Plea for Putting Emotions Back into Literary Interpretation /
Contributor(s): SpringerLink (Online service).Material type: BookSeries: Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism: Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.Edition: 1st ed. 2016.Description: XXV, 96 p. online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783319394534.Subject(s): Literature-Philosophy | Literature-History and criticism | Fiction | Literary Theory | Literary History | FictionOnline resources: Click here to access online
Author’s preface to the English edition -- Translator’s Note -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: The multiple possibilities of reading -- Chapter 2: Interpretation as an art -- Chapter 3: Context matters -- Chapter 4: The writer’s seductive power -- Chapter 5: The symbiosis of psychoanalysis and fiction -- Chapter 6: The art of storytelling -- Chapter 7: The novel as a work of bad faith -- Chapter 8: The impossible quest for truth -- Chapter 9: Breaking New Ground: The Psycholiterary Approach to Fiction -- Conclusion.
By meshing psychology with literary analysis, this book inspires us to view the reading of fictional works as an emotional and seductive affair between reader and writer. Arguing that current teaching practices have contributed to the current decline in the study of literature, Jean-François Vernay’s plea brings a refreshing perspective by seeking new directions and conceptual tools to highlight the value of literature. Interdisciplinary in focus and relevant to timely discussions of the vitality between emotion and literary studies, particularly within the contexts of psychology, affect studies, and cognitive studies, this book will open up a space in which the formation of our emotions can be openly examined and discussed. Jean-François Vernay has published extensively in the field of Literary Studies both in French and in English. His books, Water from the Moon: Illusion and Reality in the Works of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch andA Brief Take on the Australian Novel, focus on Australian fiction. Carolyne Lee is a Senior Fellow in the School of Culture & Communication at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has published four books, the latest being Our Very Own Adventure.