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Book Announcement: Literature and the Brain
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0493  Monday, 21 September 2009

From:       Norman Holland <
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Date:       Monday, 21 Sep 2009 09:54:54 -0400
Subject:    Book Announcement: Literature and the Brain

Friends and Colleagues,

This book has a lot in it about drama and many Shakespearean examples: 
the role of dramatic form, the brain mechanisms of poetic language, 
emotional response to, say, Hamlet or Shylock, perceiving them as real 
people, and much more. I hope you will find it of enough interest not 
only to buy it yourself, but to pass this message on to other lists to 
which you belong.

With warm regards,
Norm

Norm Holland
Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar Emeritus
University of Florida

This book goes straight to the basic human questions about literature 
when it explains how our brains convert the imaginary events of stories, 
poems, plays, and films into real pleasure. Our brains can do this, 
because we know in our frontal lobes that we cannot act to change the 
literary work. This is only one of the special ways our brains react as 
we go from the creation of literature to being transported, to "poetic 
faith," to enjoyment, to meaning, and finally to evaluation. Each of 
these parts of the literary process draws on brain processes in an 
unusual way. Literature and the Brain describes and explains these brain 
changes, giving us a new understanding of what we do when we do 
literature and why we do it.

http://www.literatureandthebrain.com/

Hardcover $44.95    Support independent publishing: buy this book.
Paperback $24.95    Support independent publishing: buy this book.
Download  $9.95     Support independent publishing: buy this book.

All profits from this book will go to support the PsyArt Foundation and 
the psychological study of the arts.


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