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The Seduction of Fiction

A Plea for Putting Emotions Back into Literary Interpretation

  • Combines traditional European philosophies with avante-garde perspectives to discuss key questions around the act of reading

  • Reinforces the burgeoning field of affect and the utility of this approach within literary studies

  • Primed for a wide readership across academia, including scholars and students in literature, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience.

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Jean-François Vernay
    Pages 1-9
  3. Jean-François Vernay
    Pages 11-16
  4. Jean-François Vernay
    Pages 17-22
  5. Jean-François Vernay
    Pages 23-28
  6. Jean-François Vernay
    Pages 29-37
  7. Jean-François Vernay
    Pages 39-43
  8. Jean-François Vernay
    Pages 45-51
  9. Jean-François Vernay
    Pages 53-59
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 77-96

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Literary Interpretation Psychoanalysis Emotion Theory Affect

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.NoumeaNew Caledonia

About the authors

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 and A 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.





Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Seduction of Fiction
  • Book Subtitle A Plea for Putting Emotions Back into Literary Interpretation
  • Authors Jean-François Vernay
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-39453-4
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-39452-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81889-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-39453-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXV, 96
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Literary Theory
    Literary History
    Fiction
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

“As a review of key discussions about three main points of literary triangle consisting of the writer, text and reader, the book is highly recommended to both students and teachers of literature.” (Nataša Kampmark, TEXT, Vol. 23 (2), October, 2019)