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The Routledge Companion to Literature and Emotion

ISBN 9780367409159
Published April 6, 2022 by Routledge
514 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Companion to Literature and Emotion shows how the "affective turn" in the humanities applies to literary studies. Deftly combining the scientific elements with the literary, the book provides a theoretical and topical introduction to reading literature and emotion.

Looking at a variety of formats, including novels, drama, film, graphic fiction, and lyric poetry, the book also includes focus on specific authors such as Shakespeare, Chaucer, Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, and Viet Thanh Nguyen. The volume introduces the theoretical groundwork, covering such categories as affect theory, affective neuroscience, cognitive science, evolution, and history of emotions. It examines the range of emotions that play a special role in literature, including happiness, fear, aesthetic delight, empathy, and sympathy, as well as aspects of literature (style, narrative voice, and others) that bear on emotional response. Finally, it explores ethical and political concerns that are often intertwined with emotional response, including racism, colonialism, disability, ecology, gender, sexuality, and trauma.

This is a crucial guide to the ways in which new, interdisciplinary understandings of emotion and affect—in fields from neuroscience to social theory—are changing the study of literature and of the ways those new understandings are impacted by work on literature also.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Literary Feelings: Understanding Emotions

Patrick Colm Hogan and Bradley J. Irish

Part 1

Theoretical Perspectives

1. Affective Neuroscience: The Symbiosis of Scientific and Literary Knowledge

Laura Otis

2. Affect Theory

Wendy J. Truran

3. Cognitive Linguistics: A Perspective on Emotion in Literature

Zoltán Kövecses

4. Cognitive Science: Literary Emotions from Appraisal to Embodiment

Marco Caracciolo

5. Embodiment: Embodied Simulation and Emotional Engagement with Literary Characters

Hannah Chapelle Wojciehowski and Vittorio Gallese

6. Empirical Approaches to Studying Emotion in Literature: The Case of Gender

Chantelle Ivanski, Marta M. Maslej, and Raymond A. Mar

7. Evolution: How Evolved Emotions Work in Literary Meaning

Joseph Carroll

8. The History of Emotions and Literature

Andrew Lynch

9. Philosophy, Literature, and Emotion

Noël Carroll

Part 2

Emotions of Literature

10. Aesthetic Emotions

Sibylle Baumbach

11. Paradoxes of Literary Emotion: Simulation and The Zhào Orphan

Patrick Colm Hogan

12. Sympathy and Empathy

Derek Matravers

13. Tragedy and Comedy: Emotional Tears and Trust in King Lear and Cymbeline

Lalita Pandit Hogan

Part 3

Literature and Emotion in the World

14. Colonialism and Postcolonialism

Suzanne Keen

15. Disability, "Enslavement," and Slavery: Affective Historicism and

Fletcher and Masssinger’s A Very Woman

David Houston Wood

16. Ecology and Emotion: Feeling Narrative Environments

Alexa Weik von Mossner

17. Morals: The Ethical Gangster

Blakey Vermeule

18. Gender, Emotion, Literature: "No Woman’s Heart" in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Cora Fox

19. Race and Ethnicity

Christopher González

20. Sexuality

Tiffany Diana Ball

21. Trauma and Its Future: Re-Visiting Aesthetic Form Debates

E. Ann Kaplan

Part 4

Elements of Literary Structure and Experience

22. Authors: Cognitive Patterns and Individual Creativity

Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas

23. Character and Emotion in Fiction

Keith Oatley

24. Language, Style, and Texture

Peter Stockwell

25. Narrative and Plot: Unreliable Feelings and the Risks of Surprise

Vera Tobin

26. Readers

Richard J. Gerrig

27. Social Reception

Bradley J. Irish

28. Stories: Particular Causes and Universal Genres

Patrick Colm Hogan

Part 5

Modes of Literature

29. Drama: Feeling Out Loud in Shakespearean Apostrophe and the History of Emotions

Gail Kern Paster

30. Film: The Affective Specificity of Audiovisual Media

Jens Eder

31. Graphic Fiction: BIPOC Teen Comics

Frederick Luis Aldama

32. Lyric

John Brenkman

33. Prose Fiction

Bartosz Stopel

Part 6

Literary Examples

34. Geoffrey Chaucer

Stephanie Downes

35. William Shakespeare: Anxieties About Trust in The Tempest

Lalita Pandit Hogan

36. Jane Austen and the Emotion of Love

Keith Oatley

37. Virginia Woolf’s Development of a Sociology of Emotion

in the Composition of The Years (1937)

Emily Ridge

38. Helon Habila: Structural Helplessness and the Quest for Hope in Oil on Water

Donald R. Wehrs

39. Viet Thanh Nguyen: Navigating Anger and Empathy in The Sympathizer

Sue J. Kim


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Patrick Colm Hogan is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in the Department of English and the Program in Cognitive Science at the University of Connecticut, USA.

Bradley J. Irish is Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University, USA.

Lalita Pandit Hogan is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, USA.