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Strange Concepts and the Stories They Make Possible: Cognition, Culture, Narrative

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In this fresh and often playful interdisciplinary study, Lisa Zunshine presents a fluid discussion of how key concepts from cognitive science complicate our cultural interpretations of "strange" literary phenomena.

From Short Circuit to I, Robot, from The Parent Trap to Big Business, fantastic tales of rebellious robots, animated artifacts, and twins mistaken for each other
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Hardcover, 232 pages
Published June 13th 2008 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Craig McConnell
Mar 05, 2012 Craig McConnell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Much tighter than Why We Read Fiction, Zunshine explores a number of canonical works in terms of their essentialist and functionalist use of language. There's still a tension here between her complaints about literary analyses that are not falsifiable and her own framework, which she claims is universally applicable (making me wonder at times if it's not every bit as unfalsifiable as the earlier works she mocks), but the prose is lively and her enthusiasm infectious.
Roy Kenagy
Jun 18, 2011 Roy Kenagy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Another find from Half-Price Books. Should help me defend the thesis that a SpongeBob cake pan is a perfectly acceptable public library resource. Zunshine has a recent contribution to narrative theory - Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel - that I haven't gotten around to yet.
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Lisa Zunshine is Bush-Holbrook Professor of English at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, where she teaches courses in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature and culture. She is the author or editor of ten books, including Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel (2006), Strange Concepts and the Stories They Make Possible: Cognition, Culture, Narrative (2008), and Intro ...more
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