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<P>Alistair Fox presents a theory of literary and cinematic representation through the lens of neurological and cognitive science in order to understand the origins of storytelling and our desire for fictional worlds. Fox contends that fiction is deeply shaped by emotions and the human capacity for metaphorical thought. Literary and moving images bridge emotional response with the cognitive side of the brain. In a radical move to link the neurosciences with psychoanalysis, Fox foregrounds the interpretive experience as a way to reach personal emotional equilibrium by working through autobiographical issues within a fictive form.</P>
<P>Acknowledgments<BR>Introduction<BR>1. Changing Configurations in Theories of Fictive Representation<BR>2. Why Does Fictive Representation Exist?<BR>3. The Wellsprings of Fictive Creativity<BR>4. The Materials of Fictive Invention<BR>5. The Informing Role of Fantasy<BR>6. The Shaping of Fictive Scenarios by the Author: Motivations, Strategies, and Outcomes<BR>7. The Exploitation of Generic Templates and Intertexts as Vehicles for Affect-Regulation<BR>8. Theories of Reception in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries<BR>9. A Neuropsychoanalytic Theory of Reception<BR>10. Intersubjective Attunement, Filiation and the Re-creative Process: Jules and Jim—from Henri-Pierre Roché to Francois Truffaut<BR>11. The Conversion of Autobiographical Emotion into Symbolic Figuration: William Shakespeare's Hamlet<BR>12. Tracking a Personal Myth through an Oeuvre: the Films of François Ozon<BR>Conclusion<BR>Filmography<BR>Select Bibliography<BR>Index</P>

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Published 21 March 2016
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EAN13 9780253020994
Language English

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